Winton is a small suburban community in northeastern Merced County, California. Since it was established, the town has changed names three times! Today, it’s just a small town with simple amenities and so much to do with Fido. The good news is that the surroundings are more pet-friendly than you might expect! There are parks, eateries, vet clinics, and more in Atwater, just southwest of Winton. Travel farther, and Merced will welcome you with hospitality, walking trails, public parks, and even a dog park for off-leash fun!
The city of Atwater is a great place for stretching your legs and sniffing out a new adventure with Fido. None of the parks here are dog parks, but walking on the leash can be just as fun, too! Bloss Park is lush and provides plenty of shade to relax in, while Raltson Park is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic in the designated areas. Leashed dogs are welcome in both parks as long as they're cleaned up after.
Lake Yosemite County Park has been open to pooches since 2015! You'd be barking mad to miss out on the chance to explore this wonderful, man-made area! Before you visit, make sure you grab an annual pass from the park office.
Merced is a truly diverse city with a colorful downtown area and plenty of recreation areas. However, the best place to bring your pooch will be just north of downtown, a skip and a hop away from Merced College. Are you ready to play? Paw on over to Merced Dog Park at West Yosemite Avenue. This is one of the coolest dog parks according to locals and frequent visitors! But don’t just take their word for it -- see for yourself! Two sections welcome different sized breeds, which is great if your pup needs a partner of the right size to play with. If there's no one at the park to play with, walk along the perimeter and let your mutt exercise at the obstacle course.
Pinecrest Estates is a pet-friendly neighborhood in central Turlock, about 15 miles northwest via Santa Fe Drive. Mostly residential, the neighborhood offers great shopping along Paulson Road if you need some goodies! But if you are ready for some off-leash fun, head to Turlock Dog Park, a huge place to run and play! Two shaded and grassy areas are separated from each other, so small pups don't need to "ruffhouse" with the big breeds. There aren't any signs to indicate which area is which, but you will sniff it out for yourself when you see the locals! Both sections have a bench to sit on, but drinking water is up to you.
Modesto is the largest city in Stanislaus County and a great place to visit with Fido! Compared to some of the other cities in the surrounding area, downtown Modesto has plenty to offer furry babies. It's full of outdoor entertainment and fun! Elk Park, also known as Modesto Dog Park, is a great doggy spot just a skip and a hop from downtown. This is a decent facility with two sections for different breeds, agility equipment, and plenty of shade to relax in. It's not the largest dog park on our list, but there are plenty of furry locals to play with! Just make sure to bring your own water and waste bags along.
Located at the southwestern corner of Oakdale, Bridle Ridge is a moderately populated neighborhood with wonderful amenities for Fido! Oakdale Dog Park is a furrific place for your pooch to sniff out some new friends. The park is easy to find and enter -- it's right across Crane Road. The best time to socialize will be at noon and in the evening, after 3 p.m. The single area makes it a bit challenging for small breeds to play if they are shy, but the locals are extremely friendly and will love playing with your mutt! Water fountains, benches, and even waste bags are always provided for your convenience.
Manteca is one of the densely populated cities in San Joaquin County, California. Its central area is a busy one complete with lots of traffic and shopping facilities. Wonder if there's a place for Fido? Yes! You will find Manteca Dog Park in the heart of the city, just down the road from Manteca Shopping Center and Union Road Park. This doggy spot just rocks! You will find some grrreat canine company here. Two separate sections, drinking water, lots of grass and shade, and even bone-shaped benches will make the day memorable and fun. Locals love this park, so you and Fido will make fast friends!