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Hike These Dog-Friendly Trails Near San Francisco

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While it's true that most national and California state parks do not allow dogs on trails, there are still plenty of scenic on- and off-leash options for strolls, hikes and trail runs with your canine companion around San Francisco.

Each of these destinations is dog friendly, but please check the regulations and adhere to the leash laws of each individual area.


Sutro Baths.(Aron Bosworth)

Sutro Forest + Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve

Dogs are permitted throughout the forest provided they remain on leash.

Lands End Lookout + Sutro Baths

Dogs are allowed on leash or under voice control in some areas.

Marin Headlands

While dogs are allowed on leash or under voice control in some areas of the Marin Headlands, it is important to note they are prohibited in other areas. The apparent rule of thumb is that dogs are allowed off-leash north of Tennessee Valley Road, starting on the Miwok Trail and running up and over the hill to Muir Beach. Dogs are not allowed at all south of Tennessee Valley Road. Be sure to check before you hit the trial.

Coastal Trail

Dogs are not allowed on all sections of the coastal trail. They are allowed from Golden Gate Bridge to the junction with Wolf Ridge Trail, Rodeo Beach to Muir Beach, and the Wolf Ridge Loop. Dogs are allowed on leash or under voice control in some areas.

Rodeo Beach

Dogs are allowed on leash or under voice control in some areas.

Corona Heights Park

This is a city park with an off-leash area. Dogs must be leashed outside of this area.

Big Rock Trail

Dogs are allowed on leash or under voice control in some areas.

Deer Island Open Space Preserve

Dogs are only allowed on leash in this preserve.

Remember that dogs must remain on leash in all parking lots and picnic areas. When out on the trails, respect the leash laws and follow these rules for dog etiquette on the trail. Have fun!

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