Buena Vista Dog Park is a unique off-leash, fenced park inside the Buena Vista Park in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco, CA. Leashes are required in the large park's 35-acres of natural woods and winding trails that create a feeling of wandering in a natural forest.
At the top of a lofty hill, the park offers great views of San Francisco, the rolling Marin headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge, and St. Ignatius Church. Other gems can be spotted through breaks in the leafy trees and bushes. The trees' overhead canopy guarantees a cool, shady retreat in the summer. In some places, the ground is covered with dirt and fallen leaves which can turn into mini quagmires after rain.
Inside the trees, however, the Buena Vista Dog Park is the pawfect spot to let your furbaby off the leash for an unfettered run and cavorting session under eucalyptus trees.
Buena Vista may not be the best park for a dog or dog parent with a condition that affects their stamina, breathing, or if they have mobility issues due to steep trails. Visitors should bring ample water for themselves and their doggos, along with drinking receptacles for the pups.
While the park does supply waste bags, it's a good idea to bring some along in case you're not near a bag station or the supply has run out. Park etiquette starts with picking up after your dog and discarding trash in cans. There are no restrooms for humans, which is best kept in mind before entering the park.
The park does attract small animals and predators like coyotes. Wee dogs in particular need careful watching or should stay on their leashes for safety.
Rules for use of the off-leash dog area can be found on the San Francisco parks website, along with licensing and vaccination requirements. Easy parking is available on the street during the day Monday through Friday. If you and your pooch haven't visited Buena Vista Park Off Leash Dog Area yet, what are you waiting for? It's pawsome!
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