The community of Rio Linda, located on the outskirts of Sacramento, was once a major stop for the Northern Electric Railroad. Later, Rio Linda became known for its agriculture and poultry industries. Today, it's a quiet, Fido-friendly community that's perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city while still remaining close to the muttropolis that is Sacramento.
Here, you'll find a few dog-friendly hotels where you and Fido can rest your weary heads. One of the main attractions in Rio Linda is a dog park where you and Fido can enjoy a play date. Armand Nadeau Dog Park is located inside Westside Park, which is home to all kinds of furrific human amenities. This off-leash, fenced park has lush green grass and plenty of shade, making it the pawfect place to spend a summer day. Water and picnic tables are provided within the dog park, but you'll need to bring your own waste bags.
Rio Linda doesn't have many other dog-friendly activities, besides a trail which you and Fido can hike together, but you'll find many more amenities within a short drive.
Right in the center of Rio Linda, you'll find a pawesome trail for you and your pooch to hike. The Sacramento Northern Bikeway Trail is a paved 9.8-mile trail that's part of the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, which converts unused rail lines into walking trails. This trail also connects with various other trails along the way. Shade trees along the way will shield you from the California summer sun. This trail passes through historic neighborhoods and provides a beautiful scenic view. Your pooch will love hiking this trail with you and sniffing out some new smells along the way. Grab Fido’s leash and remember to pack extra water for your journey.
The Sacramento River Parkway Trail is a scenic 9.3-mile trail which meanders along the bank of the Sacramento River. You can access the trail from the Bill Conlin Sports Complex in Sacramento's Meadowview neighborhood. Although there are shade trees along the trail, locals advise it can get hot in the summer, so it may be best to hike in the cooler months. The trail is also paved, which means the asphalt may be too hot for your pup's paws in warm weather. You'll need to bring your own water and waste bags. This trail is pawpular with cyclists, so keep that in mind when visiting.
Just fifteen miles from Rio Linda, you'll find a pawesome park to visit with your pooch in Sacramento's Natomas Park neighborhood! North Natomas Regional Dog Park is an off-leash, fenced park which encompasses 2 acres for a tail-waggin' good time. Small dogs have a separate area to play. Your canine friend will love running through the soft grass and romping around with other canine friends at the park. There's plenty of seating and shade trees area available for your added comfort. The park provides waste stations for easier cleanup as well as a water fountain for thirsty pups. Your pal is welcome to explore with you outside the dog park, provided he's on-leash.
Downtown Sacramento, just 14 miles from Rio Linda, is home to plenty of Fido-friendly activities, eateries, and amenities. Feel free to explore this bustling muttropolis on foot to see what you can find. You and your pooch will fall head over paws for the Paws and Palette Dog Bakery, located right in the heart of the city. This dog-friendly store invites you and your canine friend in for a day of shopping and tasting new homemade treats. All of the bakery treats are made with your pooch in mind. The store also sells bedding, leashes, clothing for your pooch, beds, collars and toys. This is doggie heaven for your canine pal! You'll just need to keep Fido on a leash while shopping.