You and your pooch will love the warm, summer climate of Pleasant Hill, California, nestled between Walnut Creek to the south and the city of Concord to the north. This city is particularly pawpular with people and pooches seeking a foodie adventure! Here, you'll find several Fido-friendly eateries serving a variety of cuisines. Pleasant Hill's convenient location makes any recreation area or outdoor activity in Concord or Walnut Creek easily accessible. Traveling to both cities from Pleasant Hill will take no longer than 5 minutes. Five veterinary hospitals in the area keep resident and visiting pooches happy and healthy. You'll also find plenty of vets in Walnut Creek or Concord.
Heather Farm Dog Park is just a skip and a hop away from Pleasant Hill, in the northern part of Walnut Creek. The dog park is located within Heather Farm Park, and offers your mutt two separate sections for small and large pooches to play off-leash and enjoy a good run! There are no drinking water facilities or waste bags, but restrooms for humans and convenient parking are provided.
The center of Pleasant Hill is chock full of shopping opportunities and places to chow down. Almost all of the eateries in this area have pet-friendly outdoor tables. Jack’s Restaurant and Bar has an outdoor patio where you and your pooch are welcome to enjoy some traditional American food. The staff will even give your pup a bowl of water!
Pleasant Hill is the pawfect place for dog owners to visit, particularly those who love to chow down with their hounds!
Located at the western end of Concord, Paso Nogal Park is a huge recreation area with plenty of space and outdoor activities. It will take you about 3 minutes to get to the park from Pleasant Hill. You'll never want to leave this pawesome place; just be sure to head back home before dusk. The area has plenty of walking trails for your leashed mutt to explore and sniff, but the real gem is the off-leash park! Paso Nogal Dog Park is a super fun place to exercise, run and romp with canine friends, or play Frisbee! Shade, benches, and drinking water are available. Be aware that the park is closed on Sundays.
Newhall Community Park is a nice, leafy retreat in the southeastern part of the city, set near the Cowell neighborhood and off the busy Clayton Road. This park is dog-friendly and welcomes your leashed pooch on the walking trails to explore the walking trails. But that's just the least of what you can do here! The community park has a nice extension for pooches to play off-leash and make some new canine companions. The dog park is fenced and shaded, but does not provide any drinking water facilities. If you feel like grabbing a bite before heading further, check out Taqueria Los Gallos Express, a dog-friendly eatery with outdoor tables located not too far from the park.
Clayton is located approximately 20 minutes from Pleasant Hill. Here, you'll find Regency Woods Park and its nice dog-friendly extension, Clayton Dog Park. The dog-friendly area is located opposite the Clayton Community Park and picnic area. This dog park is small, but it's fenced and fully equipped with everything you need to have the perfect day! The only thing not available at this park is doggie waste bags, so you'll need to bring some. The local dogs (and their owners!) pawsitively love this park, so if your pup is the social type, he'll have no trouble making friends here!
The eastern part of Walnut Creek is almost entirely occupied by the Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area, which has plenty of outdoor activities and opportunities to adventure with your pooch! Once in Walnut Creek, feel free to visit the area of Shell Ridge Open Space, offering more than 31 miles of walking trails and paths, an extensive playground, and even a fishing pond. This is a great spot to challenge and entertain your lovely mutt with an adventurous on-leash walk in nature. Bring your own water with you, and be a good pet parent by picking up after your pooch.
Walnut Creek's downtown area is one of the most dog-friendly places you'll visit with your pup! There are no parks or adventurous outdoor activities here, but there are plenty of options for some dog-friendly shopping and dining! Broadway Plaza is a huge open-air shopping center where every store is happy to see your lovely tail-wagger! Clothing, books, souvenirs and more are waiting for you, as well as tasty treats at select checkouts. Apart from shopping opportunities, you'll find several places to dine with your dog nearby, offering dog-friendly, outdoor tables and mouthwatering meals. Looking for something really yummy? The doors of Original Mel’s are always open for you and your mutt! Locals love their signature strawberry hotcake.