Here are 5 dog-friendly trails in the Sacramento area your furry friend will love

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With so much greenery and hiking trails in and around Sacramento, it’s basically paradise for your best canine friend.

The Sacramento area has several dog-friendly hiking trails where you and your pup can safely enjoy nature. To see the best of what the Sacramento area has to offer, here are the top spots to bring your dog.

Paradise Beach

5211 Carlson Dr., Sacramento

At Paradise Beach in the American River Parkway, near California State University, Sacramento, you can swim, picnic, fish and take a walk with your dog while enjoying a waterfront view.

All dogs and other animals must be leashed at trails along the American River Parkway, and are prohibited 15 feet from specified nature study areas.

Paradise Beach is open all year and there’s no entry fee.

You and your dogs can enjoy the American River Parkway at Paradise Beach.
You and your dogs can enjoy the American River Parkway at Paradise Beach.

Ancil Hoffman Park

6700 Tarshes Dr., Carmichael

Another dog-friendly stop at the American River Parkway is Ancil Hoffman Park. Within its more than 300 acres, you and your canine can walk the trails — and maybe catch a glimpse of a herd of deer or go bird watching — or have a picnic under ancient oak trees.

Dogs must be on leashes and cannot enter the park’s Nature Center.

Park fees start at $6 for vehicles, but may increase during summer holidays, such as Memorial Day and July Fourth weekends.

Ancil Hoffman Park has a noted golf course, trails, ancient oak trees, river access, and the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Effie Yeaw has peaceful nature trails and a wide range of wildlife.
Ancil Hoffman Park has a noted golf course, trails, ancient oak trees, river access, and the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Effie Yeaw has peaceful nature trails and a wide range of wildlife.

Hinkle Creek Nature Area

7000 Baldwin Dam Rd., Folsom

Hinkle Creek Nature Area in Folsom is a 36-acre park filled with small green pastures, trails, trees and a secret fairy garden.

You can walk your dog along the running creek and enjoy the fresh air.

Darrington Trail

Located near Salmon Falls Trail at 780 Salmon Falls Rd., El Dorado Hills

While its known for mountain biking, Darrington Trail at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is also the spot for bird watching and hiking. Dogs are welcome and can be off-leash in some areas, according to All Trails, an online guide for outdoor recreation.

On the trail, you’ll likely find wildflowers, lush green grass, riverbed views, cows, deer and rabbits, as well as open terrain and dirt paths.

The trail is considered moderately challenging and the park fee is $10.

Purple lupines bloom at Rattlesnake Bar in the Folsom Lake Recreation Area.
Purple lupines bloom at Rattlesnake Bar in the Folsom Lake Recreation Area.

River Bend Park

2300 Rod Beaudry Dr., Rancho Cordova

Let your dog enjoy a piece of Sacramento history at one of the oldest county parks, River Bend Park. Its 444 acres include picnic areas, oak trees, horse and hiking trails, wildlife, a bridge and a view of the American River.

You’ll also catch people rafting and kayaking in the water.

Parking is $6 per vehicle, but prices may increase during summer holidays. Dogs must be on a leash.

Keep your dogs safe and comfortable

Before you grab your leash and head out to one of these dog-friendly trails, be sure you bring necessities to keep your dog comfortable.

According to the American Hiking Society, this includes an identification tag for your dog or making sure they’re microchipped.

A canine first aid kit, reflective collar and leash, at least eight ounces of water, food, collapsible bowl and plastic bags are also important gear for your dog.

Depending on the terrain and weather conditions, consider bringing jackets or booties for your dog too.

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