American River Parkway
Sacramento County Regional Parks
The jewel in the crown of Sacramento’s park system is the dog-friendly American River Parkway, a greenbelt anchored by a paved, multi-use trail that meanders 32 miles from the Old Sacramento historic district to sprawling Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. There are many points of entry along the way, but first-time visitors gravitate to Old Sacramento, a 28-acre national historic district between Interstate-5 and the Sacramento River. Rover is welcome to check out the vintage railroad equipment outside the California State Railroad Museum or lounge at a variety of food stalls with patio seating. Dogs are also allowed on carriage rides. It’s a three-mile scenic stroll from Old Sac to Discovery Park, where the Sacramento and American rivers converge. On the way back you’ll be treated to views of the city skyline as well as the rolling river. Or, lead Fido across the iconic Tower Bridge and sniff out views from across the water.
William Land Park
3800 South Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 94816
This leafy oasis close to downtown is one of the best places to take your dog in Sacramento. Nestled in one of the city’s loveliest neighborhoods, the 166-acre preserve is home to the Sacramento Zoo, a golf course, and two amusement parks, among other amenities. Trails, picnic areas and anywhere else not posted to the contrary are dog friendly.
5699 South Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822
If your well-socialized dog is the type that needs plenty of exercise, Partner Park is the place to let him or her run free. This shady, 2.5-acre off-leash facility in the Land Park neighborhood is a tad hard to find; look for it behind the Belle Cooledge Community Center, with which it shares a parking lot.
Sutter’s Landing Park
20 28th Street
Sacramento, Sacramento 95816
Sacramento’s newest off-leash dog park covers 2.5 acres on the site of a former landfill close to downtown. It’s all fenced and features separate areas for large and small dogs, as well as drinking fountains, benches and plenty of shade.