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Garibaldi is situated on the north end of Tillamook Bay. Fondly referred to as “Oregon’s Authentic Fishing Village,” this community isn’t just picturesque, it’s also an active commercial fishing hub. Walk along the marina and you’ll see fisherman bringing in hauls of Dungeness crabs, cod, and even octopus. Even visitors come to Garibaldi to fish, clam, and crab. Unfurtunately, Garibaldi does not have a veterinary clinic of its own. However, canine care is just 15 minutes away in Tillamook.
The best way to experience this pawsome village is the walking tour. Grab a city tour map from one of the local businesses, leash up your pup, and head out so your pup can discover the town’s sights, sounds, and smells. He’ll pass historic landmarks like a United States Coast Guard station and memorial, Old Mill smokestack, and the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Be sure to spend time at the marina. Your pal will love watching the boats come and go.
If you need a place to stay while in town, make a reservation at the Garibaldi Econo Lodge. For a small fee, your furry traveling companion is welcome to bunk here for the night. For those traveling in an RV or looking to camp, Harborview Inn and RV Park is centrally located and allows four legged guests.
Your pooch will go mutts over this charming village!
Since Lumberman’s Memorial Park is the village’s only community park, it’s pupular with the locals. Created decades ago, it pays homage to the logging and railroad industries that have helped Garibaldi become what it is today. It has a playground and picnic facilities. Stroll around the grassy area with your dog before relaxing under a shade tree. If your pal is still rearing to go, the marina is just a bone’s throw away. Wander around so she can check out the boats and seafood shacks. You can also head over to Oregon Coast Highway and stroll past the shops and restaurants. This is one of the main roads in town, so there’s plenty to see.
Is your pup begging for a walk? Then grab his leash and make your way over to Kilchis Point Reserve. Located 10 minutes away in Bay City, this 200-acre natural space is a wonderful spot for some doggy cardio. It is owned and operated by the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, so the trails are all stocked with educational signs. As you both walk exercises, you can learn about the area’s flora and fauna, Native American heritage, and early pioneer settlements. The trails pass through lush forests which are home to all sorts of critters, so keep your eyes open for wildlife. If you follow all three trails, your pup will get about a two mile workout.
The Al Griffin Memorial Park is furrific place to walk your pup. It’s located in Bay City and is just a 10 minute drive from Garibaldi. Let your dog’s nose be the guide as you wander around the grass area. There is also a paved walkway to follow. If she gets too hot, stop by the creek so she can get her paws wet. The northern section of the park is the Bay City Campground where dogs are welcome to camp at the RV or tent sites. Walk down the nearby boardwalk and check out Pacific Oyster Company. You can watch some oyster shucking then pop into the retail store for an oyster shooter or cup of clam chowder.
If your pup needs a weekend away, pack up your tent and sleeping bags and spend a couple nights at Barview Jetty County Campground. Located in Rockaway Beach, it’s less than 10 minutes from Garibaldi and accommodates both traditional tent campers and RV travelers. The best part about this place is the beach access. Your pup will have plenty of room to romp around the flat sand, chase waves, or explore tuffs of seagrass. A large dune is nearby for even more sandy fun. After a day full adventure, she’ll be ready to head back to camp and curl up by campfire.
Does your pup want to see something cool? Drive 10 minutes north to Rockaway Beach to the Old Growth Cedar Wetlands Preserve. Clip on his leash and make your way through the swampy forest. Your pup will feel like he’s in another world as he hikes under the canopy of the thick trees. Soon you’ll come to the famed Rockaway Cedar. This massive tree is 49 feet in circumference and 154 feet tall. It’s estimated to be hundreds of years old! The boardwalk circles the tree’s enormous and gnarly trunk, so your pooch can get a good look from all angles. It’s only a mile round trip, but there are side trails worth exploring.
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