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Walnut Creek Magazine

DOG PARK CONFIDENTIAL When your pooch wants to play, take her on an adventure in the East Bay.


Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek Big and little dogs romp carefreely here, each with their own special fenced areas. Great community meeting spot and place to spark new conversations with other pet owners too. Hap McGee Ranch Park, Danville The canine corral has a cult-like following, especially among parents who can entertain their dogs and their kids at the same park. A water feature is popular on warm days after a walk around the 16-acre picturesque park. 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, but for most 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 dip in the lake year-round. A hotdog lover? Dogs are welcome at all 150 campsites. Sunol Regional Wilderness, Fremont There's perhaps no place else you can go in the East Bay that seems so far away from the world within a 45-minute drive of Walnut Creek. And while you explore Alameda Creek, your pal gets to roam around with you leash-free. Redwood Regional Park, Oakland The trails at this stunningly beautiful park are canopied with huge trees, providing coveted shade on a blistering day. Nearly every walker and jogger along these wide trails has a dog, and at some points, it’s wide enough to toss a ball around.