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You'll find coursing whitewater and an attitude of adventure in the pet-friendly community of Kernville, California! The town originated in the mid-1800s when Edward Kern, an artist and topographer, camped at the mouth of what's now the fork where the Kern River flows into Lake Isabella. A few decades later, and the Western Expansion gave way to "op-paw-tunities" for miners to strike rich mining gold. With pioneer roots, Kernville remains true to its Old West lifestyle. Instead of thriving on mining gold, the community now hosts tons of water activities, camping, and outdoor fun — a dream come true for doggos! During the annual celebration known as Whiskey Flat Days, the community comes alive with pioneer reenactments, carnivals, a rodeo, and more!
Dog owners love living in a community that puts fun at the forefront of life! There's a veterinarian and a pet groomer, and dog owners can choose between 1 of 6 parks where they can take their dog for exercise. There are plenty of grocery stores that provide top-quality dog food, treats, and toys right within Kernville, too! Four-legged Kernville residents won't have to look far to join their owners for a good time either! The community is surrounded by dog-friendly state parks and campgrounds that make for an adventurous vacation in California outdoors. There are also 2 pet-friendly restaurants that have outside eating areas where Fido can hang out with you as you chow down. Get ready for a good time and grab the leash, right here in Kernville!
Do your dogs love accompanying you to the local brewery? Fido knows they'll get tons of love and affection from all the local pub patrons. If you live at the northern point of Kernville, off the road the community was named after, then you can visit Kern River Brewing. This dog-friendly brewery is "pet-sentially" two establishments in one! There's The Original Pub, which has a different menu from The Backyard. Both restaurants and breweries serve up delicious brews and eat like The Flying Pig, Tuscan chicken salad, and tortilla burger. The Original Pub has a more extensive menu than The Backyard, but Fido's favorite spot is in on that back porch! You can also try local brews like the Paddle Hard Weizenbock, Stuck Owens Imperial Stout, and 12th Anniversary Golden Stout. Your Fido will love the good times at Kernville River Brewing!
Do your dogs consider themselves pizza aficionados? If you live in the Burlando neighborhood, you and your doggos can head over the pet-friendly Pizza Barn! Here, your little pupperonis are welcome to enjoy the local specialty, the White Water. This pizza is great after a day out on the river, with ingredients like pepperoni, ham, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and sausage that fill you up! You can also order pasta, calzones, salads, and sandwiches at this pup-friendly joint! After loading up on delicious pizza, you can head out to take a walk on the banks of the Kern River or even take a kayak or canoe over the gentler parts of the river. That way, Fido can stay balanced!
Do your dogs "pawnder" the heights of the Sequoia and love sniffing every tree they pass? Your dogs would love visiting the Sequoia National Forest, which is less than an hour's drive from Kernville. The trip is well worth it to see the wonders of this magical place with your dogs! Between checking out the mineral caves, hiking trails through your choice of the ecosystem — from dessert to granite peak — or just enjoying a picnic, there are dozens of fun dog-friendly things to enjoy in this state forest! One of the biggest pet-friendly draws is hiking the Trail of 100 Giants, which is a trek through Meadow Grove, a prominent grove of gigantic Sequoias. Some of these trees are estimated to be over 1,500 years old! The trail is an easy 1.3 miles long and is rated for beginners. So if you have a smaller breed, it will be a manageable hike. Your pup can't wait to see the Sequoia National Forest!
If your dog could speak English, would the majority of his barks translate to, "Let's go to the park?" Your Fido's either saying this or, "More treats, please!" If you live in the Wofford Heights neighborhood, you and your dog can walk over to Riverside Park, which sits right on the edge of the Kern River. You can walk your dog through the walking trail along the banks for a calming walk with the whirring sounds of the river accompanying you and Fido. If you have a dog that loves the water, you might want to be cautious, as the river flows very quickly in the bend by Riverside Park. Wofford Heights is a calm place to live with just the right amount of people making up the community! Fido will love their walks here!
Do your dogs love to play fetch? Especially when the tennis ball goes into the water? If you live in the southern pocket of Kernville along the shores of the Isabella Lake, you can visit the lake for some fetching games where splashing is encouraged! A great place to bring Fido is Live Oak Campgrounds where pets are allowed to hang out with their owners as they enjoy this part of the Sequoia National Forest. Along the lake, there are 90 campsites with close access to activities like swimming, fishing, boating, windsurfing, and waterskiing! Your dog will love cooling off in the water in the hot California summers!
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