Santa Barbara is dog-lover territory. There are plenty of open spaces where you and your dog can run off-leash, and many of them are close enough to the ocean that you can walk. Tabano Hollow, a small 1-acre dog park right off the 101 freeway, offers secluded, off-leash fun further inland.
The open space is usually rich with grass and well-maintained, with a wall of trees to the south fed by the San Antonio Creek, a small trickle of a stream that adds a pleasant ambiance to the park when the water is running. You and your dog can enjoy the acre of flat, free running space, interrupted only by a single tree in the middle of the park fixed to the road.
There are benches for you to rest on, and fresh water fountains accessible to both humans and dogs. Although you may run into a few local residents, the park tends to be fairly secluded. And since there is no separate small dog area in the space, this could be a good place for dogs that aren’t feeling too social.
Tabano Hollow is a public park, and as long as you are within the designated off-leash hours posted on the fence, it is the perfect place to pull off the road or stretch your legs for a while. The surrounding area is all residential, so it might feel strange if you are simply passing through, but if you are looking for a quick and accessible to park, this is the perfect space.
Poop bags are provided, so there is nothing that you need to bring in order to pack out your dog’s business. It is hard to beat the temperate weather and peaceful atmosphere that Tabano Hollow offers. If you are looking for some quiet time, or just an area where you and your dog can spend time bonding with only the two of you, check out Tabano Hollow!