The Carneros County Park Trail in Goleta, California starts on Los Carneros Road, right by the railroad museum. This two-mile loop trail meanders around and through the Los Carneros Park and circles the large lake, which is a popular spot for pooches and their humans. In fact, there are several doggy bag dispensers in the park that you can use in case you forgot to bring your own. There is a large parking lot, and parking is free, but it gets crowded on the weekends, so plan with that in mind.
The path does veer off into separate mini-trails that you can follow, which will lead you back to the main trail so you will not get lost. There are also restrooms behind the railroad museum that you can use before or after your walk. Right past the railroad museum, there is another landmark called the Stow House, which is the oldest frame home in the Goleta Valley, restored and preserved for historical purposes.
Most of the paved path is shaded by eucalyptus and oak trees, but you can step out into the sunshine and let your pooch sniff the interesting smells along the bank of the Los Carneros Lake. There are plenty of frogs, turtles, ducks, and other waterfowl that your dog may see, so keep your fur baby on a leash. There are benches and picnic tables by a large oak tree where you can sit and enjoy the view. There's no drinking fountains on the way, so bring water for you and Fido.
After the large oak tree, the path turns into a natural dirt trail where you can continue your hike into the woods and continuing around the lake. After about a mile, you will cross over the marshy end of the lake on a boardwalk where you and Fido can see all the marsh flowers and wildlife here. During the spring and early summer, the colors are beautiful, and you can smell the sweet scent of the flowers. With the mountains in the background, the lake, and the amazing floral view, you will not be short on photo opportunities here.