Dungeness is a small unincorporated community in Clallam County. Located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, this coastal village has residential areas as well as plenty of natural space. In 1792, George Vancouver named the community after an area in England. The name was also given to the Dungeness crab, a species of crab found in the Dungeness Bay. Crabbing is still a favorite local past time in the area. Although Dungeness does not have its own veterinary clinic, canine care is less than 10 minutes away in Sequim.
Dungeness is home to some pawsome parks that showcase the area’s coastal beauty. Dungeness Landing is a five acre waterfront park. This is a furrific spot for chilling out by the water or strolling along the sand with your furry BFF. Stop by the covered bird watching platform and look for bald eagles and other types of seabirds. This park also has a boat launch and restroom facilities.
Cline Spit County Park is another puptastic option. It may be small in size, but it is worth checking out. Most people come to this park to launch a kayak or cast a fishing line, but there is also a nice stretch of tideland that your pup can sniff around. No wonder dogs can’t get enough of Dungeness!
Pack a tent and a couple sleeping bags and escape to the Dungeness Recreation Area. This gorgeous park sits on a bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and is the gateway to the Dungeness Spit. It's nestled in the northern part of Sequim and is only 10 minutes from Dungeness. Your nature loving pup will love this place since it combines beach scenery with thick forests. Set up camp, then venture out onto the trails. A one mile trail on the bluff gives you excellent views of the Strait. There are also trails that run through meadows, wetlands, and cattail marshes. After a day of exploring, your pooch will be ready to relax by the campfire.
Get ready for a fragrant adventure! Leash up your pup and head over to Lavender Connection, a family owned and operated lavender farm. It’s nestled in Sequim and is a quick five minute drive from Dungeness. Sprawling just over five acres, this farm grows 37 different types of lavender. Your pal will be in heaven as she wanders through the aromatic fields. Certain types are available to cut, so let your pooch help you gather a fresh bouquet to take home. The farm also has a boutique shop that features artisan lavender products. Stop by for a bottle of Lavender Pet Shampoo or Lavender Pet Spritz. The farm is only open for visitors from July to Labor Day, so plan accordingly.
If you feel like going out for dinner, there’s no need to leave your furry pal behind. Head 15 minutes south to Sequim and stop by the Black Bear Diner for some delicious comfort food. Order a hot plate of Bigfoot Chicken Fried Steak or Housemade Meatloaf. Grab a table on the outdoor patio so your pooch can join you. Just watch out, she may drool! When visiting Sequim, make a reservation at Red Lion Inn and Suites. For a small fee, four legged guests are welcome to drift off to dreamland in one of their cozy rooms. Plus, you’ll wake up to a scrumptious complimentary breakfast. Sounds puptastic!
Is your pup craving some time with Mother Nature? Head over to Robin Hill Farm. This Sequim park is 15 minutes from Dungeness, and it will certainly meet your dog’s approval. With over 190 acres and 3.5 miles of trails, this former farm will definitely keep your pooch busy. Wander over rolling hills or hike through groves of Douglas fir trees. Small ponds are scattered throughout the property and add to the pawsome scenery. Some trails are shared with horseback riders and an occasional biker, so be sure to keep your pup on leash. Also, don’t forget to bring water and clean up bags.
Is your dog bursting with energy? Then it’s time for a trip to the Sequim Dog Park. This one acre off leash area is located inside the Carrie Blake Park and is less than 15 minutes from Dungeness. Your four legged friend can dart and dash around sans leash. He can also mix and mingle with new friends. Since the local canines are very furriendly, he’ll feel right at home. Small dogs have their own area to play in, so petite pooches can enjoy the park at their own speed. Benches, water, and restrooms are all available. When he’s through playing, clip on his leash and explore the main area of Carrie Blake Park.