The California coast is rarely described without awe and wonder. If you aren’t looking for a strenuous hiking area but do want the spectacular views and awe-inspiring experiences that come from the majesty of the outdoors, then perhaps it’s time for you to visit Mendocino Headlands State Park.
Not only is it one of the most breathtaking coastal state parks, but it is also one of the few California state parks to allow dogs to hike alongside you. Mendocino Headlands State Park is surrounded by the small town of Mendocino off of Highway 1 approximately 15 minutes south of Fort Bragg.
Surrounding the state park is a small village community offering museums and cafes to visitors and people passing through. All of Mendocino Headlands State Park is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean; you and your dog will find profound satisfaction in standing above the ocean and walking alongside the bluffs and beaches.
There are plenty of restrooms and resting areas around town, so come and don’t worry about carrying too much around with you. California Department of Parks and Recreation manages Mendocino Headlands State Park, and there is no camping at the state park, only day-use areas.
Dogs must be leashed, and make sure that your dog is preserving the natural habitats of the area by picking up after your dog and making sure that it isn’t digging or chasing after wildlife. There are many hidden treasures throughout this state park, so take your dog exploring and you never know what you might find.
Both the state park and surrounding village offer picnic places for you, your dog, and your family to rest, so be sure to take advantage of all of the time that you spend here. Come and visit Mendocino Headlands State Park and feel the spray of the ocean on your face, or muzzle, in your dog’s case!