Gold Bar, Washington, is located near the beautiful Cascade Mountains and was one of the locations explorers sought out when searching for gold in the 1800s. The city, even with its small population, has an off-leash area for dog owners to bring their pups. The Gold Bar Off-Leash Dog Area sits in an open field with water, trails, and some incredible views. You won’t find any vet clinics here, but surrounding towns, like Woodinville and Sultan, do have plenty to choose from.
For some dog-friendly fun, Woodinville and its surrounding towns will be your best – and closest – bet. This city sits between Gold Bar and Seattle, so it’s the pawfect place to stop if you’re heading to the big city too! Tambark Creek Park Dog Park in Bothell and Jasper’s Dog Park in Kirkland both offer excellent spots for your dog to run, play, and socialize. Or, stop in Woodinville for tons of dog-friendly restaurant options, from fast food chains to local favorites.
If you want a little more of an outdoor adventure, then drive about 21 miles east of Gold Bar to Skykomish, where you’ll find Surprise and Glacier Lakes. This 11-mile trail provides hours of hiking fun and welcomes leashed dogs to join their owners!
Don’t mind a drive? Then Gold Bar’s surrounding areas give you ample opportunities for paw-friendly fun.
The Town Center of Woodinville is the perfect place to shop, pamper your pooch, and find a dog-friendly restaurant for you to grab a bit to eat with your favorite dog. The neighborhood is about 27 miles from Gold Bar and only about 25 miles from Seattle! You can shop at Molbaks, a pupular garden store, with your dog, or have the pet massage experts at Therapeutic Paws Massage give your pup a much-needed, relaxing pampering. Head to Pasta Nova or Taco Time for a dog-friendly meal! These restaurants both have some outdoor tables where your dog is welcome to join you.
The North Industrial area of Woodinville is about 25.8 miles from Gold Bar and just north of the Town Center. This neighborhood has some dog-friendly wineries that give you and Sparky the pawfect opportunity to enjoy some relaxing time outdoors together. Covington Cellars invites dogs and their owners to explore the grounds and check out how they make their wine! Or, head to Alexandria Nicole Winery, which allows dogs to join their humans during their wine tastings at one of three tasting spots. If you want something a bit more casual for a dog-friendly night out with friends, visit Dirty Bucket Brewing Company for a beer at one of the outdoor tables.
The Downtown neighborhood of Bothell, WA, is just west of Woodinville and about 29 miles from Gold Bar. This neighborhood has an entrance for the almost 19-mile-long Burke-Gilman Trail that runs from Bothell to Seattle. This multi-use trail allows leashed dogs to join their owners as it runs through residential and commercial areas, wooded spots, and some breathtaking landscapes throughout each season. After your hike, head to The Hop and Hound, a shop that offers offers fresh beers, sandwiches, and other yummy goodies. The casual spot has a dog mascot and offers dog-friendly dining – you can even bring your pooch inside!
The Tourist District is another Woodinville neighborhood that you won’t want to pass up if you’re a dog owner and lover! It’s just under 29 miles from Gold Bar and, as the name suggests, is a favorite destination of tourists, thanks to its wineries, restaurants, and more. Brian Carter Cellars is a dog-friendly winery in the neighborhood that has a tasting room where dog owners can bring their favorite, well-behaved pooches with them. You can also have some outdoor fun in Tourist District by heading to the Sammamish River Trail, which runs from Bothell to Redmond and crosses by rivers, mountains, and more beautiful scenery.
The Redmond Town Center of Redmond, WA, is 36 miles from Gold Bar, making it the farthest option on this list, but its unique pawportunity could be worth the drive! Here, you can head to the nonprofit community club known as Seattle FlyDogs. You’ll learn, with your favorite canine, how to play flyball or train your dog in the art of agility courses. The icing on the cake is some quality time with your pup! You can also visit the Redmond Town Center marketplace, which has several paw-friendly shops in its indoor and outdoor malls. Tons of restaurants in this neighborhood also have outdoor tables that welcome dogs and their owners.