If your furry friend is craving some time in the great outdoors, grab a leash and make your way over to Rush Creek Open Space Preserve. Although it’s right off Highway 101, this 522 acre preserve feels miles away from hectic city life. Your doggo will love basking in the sun as they trot around this gorgeous slice of nature.
The preserve is made up of a couple ridges and a wetland known as Cemetery Marsh. For the most part, the trail system here consists of wide fire roads, such as Pinheiro Fire Road and Rush Creek Fire Road. These are fairly flat and circle the outside of the wetlands. There are also a couple more narrow trails like Bahia Ridge Trail and 101 Trail. Let your four legged explorer create a route that best suits their energy level.
The marshy fields make this prime bird habitat. Almost 200 species of feathered friends call this place home. If you are an avid bird watcher, make sure you bring binoculars. Your doggo may be tempted to chase or bark at the fowl. Help them mind their manners and refrain from harassing the birds.
To access the preserve, park along the road or in the
park and ride lot near Binford Road. You can also enter on the east from Bahia
Drive. This is a primitive space, so restrooms and water are not available. Be
sure to pack enough H2O to keep both you and your pup well hydrated. In the
summer, this trail can get quite hot, so lather on some sunscreen before
setting off. Don’t forget to pack some clean up bags and pick up after your
pooch. This place will make your dog so happy, you may have a hard time getting
them back in the car when it’s to time leave!