Belfair is a census-designated place with a population of just under 4,000. Originally, the place was called Clifton, but was later renamed because there were too many places with the same name. It was renamed by Mrs. Murray, the postmaster at the time, who took the name from a book she was reading.
Although it's small, Belfair is a relatively pawpular tourist destination thanks to its proximity to beautiful recreation areas, like Belfair State Park and Dabob Bay. Its population soars in the warm months, when tourists come from all over to explore Tahuya State Forest. Belfair is the last town where travelers can find services and modern conveniences before em-bark-ing on a magical adventure in the wilderness. Tourists with pups will be happy to know there's a veterinary clinic in Belfair.
Although there aren’t any dog-friendly restaurants in this small town, there are a lot of them in the near vicinity, around 10 miles away from Belfair in Port Orchard. There, you can find the Central Dock, The Crow's Nest, Whiskey Gulch Coffee Co., and Slaughter County Brewing Company, just to name a few. Be sure to bring a leash and water bowl to all establishments.
Belfair is located near some of the best parks and recreation areas in the state. There are a couple of trails within Belfair, so you and Fido can enjoy a walk without having to drive out of town. One trail that you can visit in Belfair is called Farm at Water's Edge Walking Trail. On this trail, dogs are allowed to explore on-leash, and the trail is open during business hours, from 8 AM to 5 PM. There are many alpacas and goats, so make sure your dog is friendly towards other animals before going. Make sure you bring water and poop bags for cleaning up after your pooch!
Need to treat your buddy to some off-leash playtime? Hop in the car and head 35 minutes out of town to University Place, where you'll find Chambers Bay Off Leash Park & Beach. This area allows dogs to play off-leash and it even has a beach access! What more do you need to have a pawesome time? Although the park is not very big -- around 1 acre -- it includes an area for small, shy and senior dogs. The park provides poop bag stations that are always full and water fountains for the doggies. There is also a parking in the vicinity and two restrooms for the human visitors.
Treat your bounding buddy to a beach day at Owen Beach, located in Point Defiance Park. This beach is dog-friendly and has free parking close by. It also offers a lot for the human visitors, such as picnic shelters with grills, tables, and restrooms. The surface of the beach is smooth pebbles, which are gentle on the dog’s paws and keep their fur nice and clean. There is even kayaking here if you are interested in enjoying some water sports! There are even walking paths and trails that you and explore along with your furry baby.
If you are searching for something a bit closer to Belfair than the previous places, you can go to Howe Farm County Dog Park, which is located around 15 miles away from Belfair, in South Park Village. This is an off-leash park that is securely fenced so your dog can run freely and socialize with other pups. The park covers a little over three acres and has lots of walking trails that are great for some exploring. If you get too tired, there are benches where you can rest up a little bit. There are even small streams within the park where your pup can make a splash!
Around 40 miles away from Belfair is a pawsitively magical place that you won't want to miss! Ft Steilacoom Dog Park can be found in North Lakewood. The park is huge and provides plenty of recreation opportunities. There is an off-leash dog area within the park that has huge separate areas for small, large, and senior dogs. The dog park is very well-maintained and has poop baggies and trash cans. There's also fresh water available and covered seating for the dogs’ pawrents. Just looking for a quick walk? Leash up and hit the walking trails here!