If you want to take a scenic waterfront walk with your pup, head to Riverfront Regional Park! This park is home to two beautiful lakes, and it’s also adjacent to the Russian River. Dogs are welcome to join you in this park on-leash.
Riverfront Regional Park has two trails you can explore with your pup: Redwood Hill Trail and Lake Benoist Loop Trail. If you’re just looking for a short walk, Redwood Hill Trail is perfect for you. This 0.5-mile loop trail is located right next to the park’s main parking lot, where restrooms and drinking water are available. The trail takes you along a lovely creek, through a grove of redwood trees, and up a ridge where you’ll get great views of nearby Lake Benoist.
If you’re looking for a longer walk, hop onto Riverfront Regional Park’s main trail: the 2.18-mile Lake Benoist Loop Trail. This mostly flat trail also begins at the main parking lot. The first part of the trail takes you along Lake Wilson, the smaller of the park’s two lakes. Then, you’ll reach Lake Benoist, which you’ll follow for the remainder of the hike.
As you walk along the trail, you’ll go through a shady forest, and you’ll pass by open areas that provide great views of the lake. If you need to take a break during your walk, there are plenty of benches along the trail.
About halfway through the trail, you’ll see a short spur going off the Lake Trail. This spur will take you to a small gravel beach on the Russian River. If you’d like, you can spend some time relaxing here before you head back onto the main trail to finish up your hike. If you’re hungry afterward, Riverfront Regional Park has a scenic picnic area right on Lake Benoist.
Riverfront Regional Park is a beautiful park that’s perfect for anyone looking for a lakeside hike. Remember to bring doggy bags so you can clean up after your pup, and have a furrific time hiking here!
Horses are allowed on the Lake Benoist Loop Trail — be sure to look out for them as you’re hiking. Also, be aware that the trail often gets muddy. Make sure to watch your step as you’re walking.