If you're looking to get some fresh air and exercise with your pup in San Jose, look no further than the Penitencia Creek County Park! Spanning 163 acres, this linear park and regional trail incorporates different parklands and open space, making it a pawpular spot among hikers, bikers, nature lovers, and four-legged travelers.
As its name implies, the Penitencia Creek County Park follows Penitencia Creek, with the 4-mile Penitencia Creek Trail starting from Alum Rock Regional Park to the confluence of Penitencia and Coyote Creeks. Leashed dogs are welcome in all areas of the county park, as well as in most of the parklands along the parkway. Since Alum Rock is not dog-friendly and the portion of the trail between it and Noble Avenue is still undeveloped, it's best to start your walk after this section. While most of the Penitencia Creek Trail is paved, you and Fido will encounter a few unpaved portions and on-street crossings should you decide to tackle the entire route.
If you'd like to take a break and refuel during your hike, Noble Park, Penitencia Creek Park, and Penitencia Creek Gardens all have picnic areas where you and your pooch can share a packed lunch. Human restrooms are also available at the last two parks. Both the 38-acre Penitencia Creek Park and 15-acre Penitencia Creek Gardens feature ponds that attract waterfowl and migratory birds as well, making them furrific spots for leisurely strolls and lazy afternoons.
Whether you stay on the trail or stop by the parklands along the way, always keep your best friend on a 6-foot leash and clean up after them. Be prepared to share trail with bikers and equestrians. And remember, bring snacks, plenty of water to keep your furry pal cool, and clean-up bags.
Expect to have a pawsome time with your pooch at the Penitencia Creek County Park!