Tucked on the banks of the Tuolumne River between Turlock and Modesto, Waterford, CA is as laid-back as it is quiet. Established in the nineteenth century, Waterford is one of a surprising number of towns in the area that ended up changing names as a result of misdirected mail. The settlement was originally named Bakersville, but citizen’s parcels and letters kept ending up in nearby Bakersfield. The new title was chosen because the town was the site of an important crossing point on the river, making Waterford a bustling trade hub. These days, though, Waterford is mostly known as a sleepy, community-oriented commuter town, and as a great place to raise a family.
Waterford doesn’t have its own dog park, but it’s still a pretty fur-friendly place! You and your buddy won’t lack for exercise options -- the town has a couple of pawesome parks that are ideal for a leashed walk. Beard Park, in particular, is a favorite of local doggos and their owners. If you and your pooch like hiking, you’re in luck -- Waterford is known as "The Gateway to Recreation" for its proximity to natural wonder, and Yosemite National Park is just an hour away. And if your furry friend needs to run free, don’t fret -- you’ll find some furrific dog parks in the surrounding area!
Oakdale’s Vineyard neighborhood is eclectic and charming, featuring a patchwork of homes from all styles and time periods. Not only that, but it’s a haven for hound owners! Vineyard is home to the Oakdale Dog Park, a mutts-visit off-leash area on the edge of the city. The park is huge -- there’s plenty of room in both the large and small dog areas for even the most hyperactive doggo to leap about to their heart’s content. Bags and water are provided, so just bring your pup and prepare to play! Afterward, why not chow down at Papapolloni Mediterranean Bistro? Their shrimp and avocado is excellent, and doggy diners are welcome outdoors.