While McKinleyville may be quite a fast-growing town, its beautiful rural surroundings help to maintain a relaxing, leisurely pace of life. With so many outdoor adventures to choose from, plus two veterinary clinics, McKinleyville is the pawfect place to explore with your pooch.
There are a few parks in McKinleyville that any dog would love, such as the 6.2 acre Pierson Park. With its playgrounds, sports facilities, and picnic areas, there is always a buzz of activity to be found here. Larissa Park, with its playground and picnic areas, is also a popular one, and while it may be quite small, it still makes for a pawtastic dog walk.
Parks are always fun, but dogs who enjoy a more structured walk will appreciate the numerous trails that McKinleyville has to offer. The Chah-GAH-Cho Trail is a relatively new one, having been completed in 2016, and features a few short loops that take you around the 9.5 acre Chah-GAH-Cho parcel of land. If you would prefer more of an urban dog walk, the Mid-Town Trail runs through the heart of McKinleyville, giving you and Fido an alternative way to explore the town.
With so many varied walks to be had, plus scenic beaches to explore, McKinleyville is a town that tends to really appeal to the canine population.
There are so many stunning beaches to be found on the Californian coast, and the Clam Beach neighborhood is home to a couple of these. The one that Fido will enjoy the most is Clam Beach itself, as dogs are allowed to run off the lead here between the months of October and February, while you can relax at one of the beach's picnic areas. The rest of the year, you can still let your pup off the lead on the wave slope, but will need to keep him on-lead on dry sand. For a longer walk, you will find the start of the Hammond Coastal Trail here, which runs south for about five miles to Mad River Beach. The Little River State Beach is also in this neighborhood, and while dogs are not allowed on the beach itself, there are hiking trails to the back of the beach where you and your pup can enjoy an on-lead walk.
McKinleyville's Town Center neighborhood is a busy one, meaning that there is so much for you and your pooch to enjoy here. Begin your day at the Azalea State Natural Reserve, which is at its finest in the spring months, when the western azalea flowers bloom in contrasting shades of pink and white. There are hiking trails that you and your pooch can explore here, as well as picnic areas for when you need a rest, but make sure to bring a lead, doggie bags and drinking water. If you would like to treat Fido to a tasty meal, head to the dog-friendly Six Rivers Brewery, where you can enjoy a variety of casual menu options along with some local craft beer.
The Fisher neighborhood is always popular with pooches, as it is home to Hiller Park. This 36 acre park allows dogs to run off the lead anywhere west of the Split Rail Fence, and also boasts 1.5 miles of the Hiller Park Loop Trails for a leisurely on-lead walk. With scenic ocean views, a botanical garden, and several picnic areas, Hiller Park makes for a pawsome day out with your pup, just be sure to bring some doggie bags, as well as drinking water for the both of you for after all of that exercise. If Fido wants an extra walk, you will also find a section of the Hammond Coastal Trail cutting through this neighborhood.
Located in the adjacent city of Arcata, the Samoa/Manila neighborhood is just a ten minute drive from the center of McKinleyville, and is where you will find the Mad River Beach County Park. This is the point at which the Mad River meets the ocean, and there is a beautiful protected stretch of sand here for you and Fido to enjoy. Dogs are allowed to run off the lead here on the wave slope, but you will need to keep your pooch on a lead on the rest of the beach. There are so many sand dunes for your pooch to sniff around in here, as well as the Hammond Coastal Trail which will take you five miles north to Clam Beach.
Just six miles away from the center of McKinleyville is Arcata's City Center/ Humboldt State U neighborhood, which is home to some of the region's finest green areas. The Arcata Community Forest is a place that every dog will love, as you will find 790 acres of majestic woodland here. The forest has so many hiking trails to choose from, such as the half mile Nature Loop Trail, the one mile Big Rock Trail, and the two mile South Fork Jane's Creek Loop Trail. Many of the trails are for pedestrians only, which are perfect for dogs who do not like to encounter cyclists or horses. You will need to keep Fido on a lead here, and make sure to bring drinking water and doggie bags too.