If you and your pup like waterfalls, tree-shaded trails, and pawmazing views, then the trail at Nojoqui Falls Park is a good fit for you. At just over one mile long, the round trip takes you about 200 feet up into a canyon shaded by mature laurels, sycamores, and oak trees to a picturesque waterfall that can be a trickle to a torrent, depending on the weather and levels of rainfall.
Start out this trail at the Nojoqui Falls Park on Alisal Road in Goleta, California. This is a 58-acre natural reserve which has restrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas, BBQ pits, and ball fields where your dog is allowed as long as they are kept on-leash. The trailhead is at the end of the cul-de-sac by the restrooms and parking lot.
About one-quarter mile into the natural dirt trail, you will cross a few small wooden bridges over the Nojoqui Creek, and then walk up some rocky steps to a viewing platform at the base of the Nojoqui Waterfall. The steps are not steep, so they are an easy walk, but not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
When you see the 67-foot tall Nojoqui Waterfall, whether it is a trickle or a deluge of water, the site will amaze you and your pooch as you look up at the ivy- and moss-covered granite bluff that looks like it belongs in a rainforest.
During your short walk, you will likely pass some wildlife if the park is not too crowded. Some of the critters you may see include deer, snakes, raccoons, and many varieties of birds. Don’t let your pooch chase or harass the wildlife. The sights of this pawmazing trail will have your pup wagging his tail, and wanting to come back again and again!