If you're an avid hiker and traveled to some of the trails in California, you have probably seen plenty of what the state has to offer, from tall mountains, vast deserts, to glorious rivers that cut through rocks. One thing you probably haven't seen though is an urban downtown trail surrounded by dog-friendly adventures. This area is known as Old Sacramento and can be explored along the Old Sacramento State Historic Park Loop.
This paved and developed trail loops around the old downtown area, with sights of the river, bustling streets, and a busy retail area. If this sounds fun to explore, you can find parking in the southern half of the neighborhood. The trail begins on Front Street and travels along the north between the pier and front shops. After only a few steps, the trail passes through Riverfront Park, where pups can play, get some water, and you can use the restroom. The trail travels north, where you can view the waters of the Sacramento River.
The trail then loops to the east, heading around the neighborhood before it descends back down south, showing off shaded streets and multiple retail shops and restaurants. The trail turns again and you'll find yourself back at the parking lot.
One of the best things about this trail is the number of dog-friendly activities. Across from the parking area, the trail connects to Joe's Crab Shack, which offers seafood and dog-friendly outdoor seating. There's also a train museum which has outdoor attractions that Fido can see too. Dogs are even allowed on horse and carriage rides located throughout town!
On this trek, you two will find a dog-friendly community with a love for its four-legged companions that makes sure to include them in all areas of this small historic downtown.