Dog Parks Around Oakland, California

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September 8, 2010
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Oakland, California, has a number of fenced-in, off-leash dogs parks around the city. There are also a couple of regional parks where dogs are allowed to hike without leashes. This area has beautiful nature, and some of the parks have Redwood trees.

Hardy Dog Park

Hardy Dog Park is over 2 acres in size, and is a fenced-in, enclosed space. It is a shaded area where dogs are allowed to bark and roam freely, and there is nearby parking. Outside of this dog park is a grassy area and open space, but they must be leashed to go there.

Joaquin Miller Dog Park

Joaquin Miller Dog Park is divided into two sections; one is for big dogs, and one is for smaller ones. It is fenced-in, has nearby restrooms, benches, trash cans, waste bags, water bowls and a drinking fountain. There are often tennis balls and other toys lying around to play fetch.

Leona Canyon Trail

The Leona Canyon Trail is a hiking space in Oakland, situated behind Merritt College. Locals consider this a great place to go on a short hike with their dogs, as they are allowed to roam around leash-free with no additional usage fee. A trail map is available online.

Mosswood Park Dog Run

This dog run is located within greater Mosswood Park, and is 700 square yards of fenced-in space that is separated into large and small dog areas. There is double-gated entrance, along with benches, waste bags, trash cans and a drinking fountain. The rest of the park has Redwood trees, along with picnic areas and a small amphitheater. Dogs must be leashed to explore the rest of Mosswood Park.

Richard Trudeau Training Center

The Richard Trudeau Training Center is a beautiful place with large Redwood trees, trash cans and waste bags. Though not fenced, there are trails to explore the park, and it is recommended to obtain a map. Its area has both hills and flatland; dogs are allowed to be off-leash in this place.

Robert Sibley Volcanic Preserve

The Robert Sibley Volcanic Preserve is a park of over 600 acres, and they allow off-leash dogs to hike around most of the park, as trails are unpaved and its premises are mostly undeveloped. There are lots of different trails where people and dogs can exlpore this preserve, and it is full of interesting wildlife, plantlife and geological formations. There is a trail map available online. Though dogs are permitted in this park, they are forbidden in the nearby Huckleberry trails.

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