Situated on the western shoreline of the San Francisco Bay, Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is a pawfect spot for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The good news is, you don't have to drive very far to reach this peaceful, 252-acre site—it's only about 7 miles from downtown! So leash up your pup and get ready for a relaxing stroll with views of the bay, East Bay Hills, and San Bruno Mountain!
The first urban state recreation area in California, Candlestick Point got its name from 19th-century locals who thought that burning abandoned sailing ships in the bay resembled lighted candlesticks. Originally constructed as a landfill that was also later used as a US Navy shipyard, this unique park is now an oasis for two- and four-legged city dwellers who are looking to get some fresh air and find solitude.
Explore Candlestick Point with your pooch by following the several hiking and nature trails that wind through the park. If you want to ramp up your activity level, there is a fitness course on the shoreline walking paths. As you and Fido amble along the shore, you might see windsurfers having fun in the wind-whipped waters and anglers casting their lines from the piers. You might also encounter squirrels and rabbits throughout the park, as well as catch glimpses of hawks, cormorants, brown pelicans, snowy egrets, and many other bird species.
Wherever you go, be sure to keep your furry pal on a leash and clean up after them at all times. Remember to bring doggie waste bags, water, and snacks—picnic areas with pawsome views of the bay are scattered around the site. A campground is also available, but only service animals are allowed to tag along.
For a woofderful, Fido-approved spot on the San Francisco Bay, look no further than Candlestick Point State Recreation Area!