Novato is a beautiful northwestern town in the North Bay area of San Francisco Bay in Marin County, about 30 miles north of San Francisco. The city started as Coast Miwok villages and was named after the Miwok leader, Saint Novatus. Novato is home to more trails and open area than any city in Marin County, which includes several dog parks for the approximate 11,650 dogs living in Novato.
Dogbone Meadows at O’Hare Park on Novato Boulevard is the local favorite with lots of play equipment, a doggy pool, lots of grass, and water spigots. Have a seat on one of the many benches or covered picnic tables while you watch your fur baby socialize with the other cute four-legged visitors.
Marin Humane Society has a 7.5-acre dog park with walking trails, water fountains, and tons of free parking. The park area also has a huge field of agility equipment with obstacles, tunnels, jumps, hoops, poles, tables, and ramps. They actually have more equipment than the dog shows.
Indian Tree Open Space is a 230-acre preserve with several trails in the redwood forests and along the ridges with gorgeous views of Stafford Lake and Mount Saint Helena. The trails range from pretty easy (you might not even break a sweat, or more importantly, wear down Fido!) to moderate difficulty levels. You will see many kinds of wildlife and beautiful flowers and trees, so bring a camera.
Central Novato is home to many dogs. Dogs and their people look for those opportunities for some outdoor walking. Scenic walking or hiking is available in the numerous parks closeby. Lee Gerner Park, Slade Park, and Scottsdale Pond are a short drive away from home. These parks give dogs a chance to let their fur down and take a good walk on leash with their favorite human. Dogs in need of grooming after that walk can get it at Perro’s Grooming at 208 Vintage. Perro’s can take a bit off the top, or just give a soothing bath and comb.
The Northwest neighborhood is home to Dogbone Meadow. Dogbone Meadow is a dog park located in O’Hair Public Park. Dogbone is an enclosed grassy dog park built along a hillside. The area is about the size of a football field, with an enclosure for large dogs and one for small. Dogs enjoy ruff-housing on the agility equipment, and water bowls are provided. Human companions are treated with some nearby seating, and some handy waste bags and receptacles. The only other thing you need to fully enjoy this park is Fido’s favorite toy!
This neighborhood lies just outside of the Novato city limits. Bel-Marin Keys people love their pups! Marin Humane Society Dog Park is located here. This free dog park is located on the 6.5-acre Humane Society campus. Leash-free play in a park-like setting is available in the morning and evenings everyday (except Friday morning). Resident and visiting dogs may socialize and play in this safe setting. The Marin Humane Society also provides dog training for those rowdy pups who need a little discipline, and classes and workshops for the humans.
The Southwest neighborhood has shopping, services, and parks. Hillside and Josef Hoog parks have some countryside for some on-leash walks. Most of the trails are easy for the average dog and human. Paved walkways are provided for easy accessibility. These parks offer places for picnics and barbecues. Shelter must be rented in advance, but there are plenty of locations for you and your leashed pup to share a picnic or have a barbecue.
Hamilton neighborhood is situated in a southeastern section of Norato. Hamilton has convenient services like grooming and many stores . The South Hamilton park is a 7-acre park that features some nice trails for some on-leash walks. The Park is adjacent to Hamilton Wetlands, a large nature preserve. The Wetlands is a bit of Paradise on Earth with majestic scenery, scores of birds, and miles of trails for dog and companion to enjoy.