DOG PARK CONFIDENTIAL
Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, Richmond Water-loving dogs can splash to their wagging tails' content at this 21-acre park with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County. Humans can fly kites, watch birds and picnic here, but for dogs, it's all about the off-leash access to the water.
Del Valle, Livermore Does your dog like to hike? There are 3,900 acres to do it in. Is she a swimmer? People and pooches can take a dip in the lake year-round. A roasted hotdog lover? Dogs are welcome at the park's 150 camp sites. Does she love to boat? Rent a rowboat or patio boat, your dog can come along on your fishing expedition.
Sunol Regional Wilderness, Fremont Wilderness is right. There's perhaps no place else you can go in the East Bay that seems so far away from the world and yet be within a 30-minute drive of Fremont and even closer to Pleasanton. Dog visitors can spend their time there sans leash. How's that for fancy-free? You and your dog can explore the gorgeous spring wildflower show and the burbling of Alameda Creek.
Redwood Regional Park, Oakland The East and West Ridge trails at this stunningly beautiful park are canopied with trees, providing a shady haven on a hot day. Redwood Regional Park is another East Bay park that allows dogs to be off-leash as long as they're on voice command. Nearly every walker and jogger along these wide trails has a dog, and at some points, the trail is even wide enough to toss a ball around. With its huge trees and dog-friendly attitude, this park is a winner.
Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek This pooch-friendly playground is an oasis of furry fun divided into areas for big and little pets. Chances are you’ll see a lot of dogs joyfully zooming across the lawn, unfettered by a leash, lapping up the scene. It’s pretty social for people too. While the dogs romp, owners carry on conversations about their pets.