Doggos with a penchant for hiking will surely have a barking good time at the Santa Teresa County Park! Just 10 miles south of downtown San Jose, this 1,673-acre site is a puptastic destination for nature lovers and history buffs alike!
One of the park's main attractions is the historic Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, which gives visitors a peek into California farm life in the early 1900s. You'll have to come back without Fido to check it out, though, as dogs aren't allowed in this area. Canine companions are welcome on all trails, including the ones near the ranch complex—just make sure your pooch remains on a 6-foot leash and that you clean up after them!
There are over 17 miles of unpaved trails for you and your adventurous pal to explore at the Santa Teresa County Park—take your pick from easy to moderate. If you and Fido are up for a challenge, hit the steep routes around Coyote Peak. Note that you may encounter cows and calves that are part of the park's grazing program on the Coyote Peak and Rocky Ridge Trails. If you do, simply leave them alone. Hikers are also asked to close all gates to keep the cows and calves secure. In addition, ticks, snakes, and other wild animals have been reported along the trails, so never let your dog wander off on their own.
Due to the park's location in the Santa Teresa Hills, you and your pup will be treated to pawmazing views of the Almaden, Coyote, and Santa Clara Valleys as you tackle the trails. After getting a good workout, relax at the Pueblo Day Use Area, where you and Fido can share a packed lunch at one of the many picnic tables scattered around.
A secluded outdoor adventure that's just minutes from San Jose's suburbs awaits you and your pooch at the Santa Teresa County Park!