Mill Valley, California, is located in the dazzling Marin County. Life in Mill Valley is truly a blessing for both humans and their pets. The town itself is very nice and the surroundings even more so. There is a large variety in landscapes, from a coastal area with beaches, wet marshlands and oak-dotted hills. The latter is one of the many excellent opportunities to walk the dogs.
The best way to take advantage of the alluring scenery of Mill Valley and the surrounding towns, is to follow one of the many recreational trails. The Mill Valley-Sausalito Path is one of these routes and connects Mill Valley with Sausalito. The convenient multi-functional path is a hit with hikers, cyclists, skaters as well as dog owners and passes through the wetlands and the tidal mudflats.
The Old Railroad Grade is a more challenging route as the crooked trail throws a lot of curves before one reaches its peak at Mount Tamalpais. While this trip should not be undertaken unless both dog and owner are in good health, the rewards are simply amazing.
Mill Valley also has its own off-leash dog park for those looking for an hour play time for the dogs and some much needed relax time for themselves. The soil of Mill Valley dog park is grassy and there is an abundance of trees for a natural experience. There is even a river for dogs to swim in.
Take a half hour trip from Mill Valley and head to Alameda to find one of the most furriffic places in the area. Alameda Dog Park offers separate, safe places for big and small dogs. This large park has many shady sitting areas for the humans. The multiple water stations ensure that there is always clean drinking water available. If you brought Fido’s leash, you can take a stroll by the beach when get he gets tired of playing with all his new fur buddies. Pack some snacks and a beach towel or blanket to make a day of it!
If you travel 21 miles north of Mill Valley, you will come to Berkley, California. This is where you will find Cesar Chavez Dog Park. This barktacular dog park is an off-leash open space. There are no fences to govern how far you can be run. The rolling hills look toward the west which makes it the pawfect location to enjoy a beautiful sunset. You will find many nature features such as hilly areas and wooded parts. It is a great place to bond with your pal and enjoy nature’s gifts. If you want to explore beyond the marked areas, just bring a leash.
Mill Valley is about 17 miles from Bolinas, California and Bolinas Beach. Bolinas Beach is a fur-iendly beach that is known for its small waves and spectacular view. It is an on-leash beach, but you and your best pal can explore and swim to your hearts’ content. There is plenty of room to dig in the sand. Who knows? Fido might find some buried treasure! If you want to go on an adventure, bring a leash, and take a walk through the barktacular city of Bolinas. You never know what you might find!
If you travel thirty minutes south of Mill Valley, you will come to Esplanade Beach in Pacifica. Here you will find the only fur-friendly, off-leash beach in the county, a great place to have some fun in the sun and cool off in the water. Both humans and their canine companions should exercise caution because there is an undertow. Don't forget to bring Fido’s leash and your mini humans along so you can enjoy the kid-friendly park that's just a quick walk down the hill from the beach. No matter how you decide to enjoy the sunshine, your pup is sure to make a new fur buddy or two.
Mill Valley is just a short 30-minute drive from San Francisco. This is a city that is fur friendly and simply barktacular. Baker Beach is just a mile short of the Golden Gate Bridge, which provides a beautiful backdrop for unique photo ops. The beach is split into two separate areas: one is off leash and the other requires all dogs to stay on their leashew. There’s lots of trails to hike, too, if you're looking for adventure. While this is a very fur-friendly place, you may want to be aware that it is a clothing optional beach. Keep your eyes open for whales in the water for a more furtastic view.