Pet Friendly Trails & Lodging

More than three dozen inns, hotels, B&Bs, and guest houses welcome dogs as guests in Humboldt County. To see the whole list, go here:  Pet Friendly Lodging   

Here are some general trail rules:  

Dogs are allowed on a leash of not more than 10' in the State Redwood Parks (Prairie Creek Redwoods and Humboldt Redwoods State Park) within developed areas, park roads and campgrounds, however they are prohibited on trails.

An exception is Cal Barrel Rd Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park - This is a gravel 3-mile road, open to cars. It's a winding road through old-growth forest located north of the Prairie Creek Visitor Center on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. 

Allowed on trails in the redwoods on a leash
Arcata - Community Forest -  MAP  
Eureka - Redwood Park at Sequoia Zoo & Park
Fortuna - Rohner Park. View trail map here: MAP

Several County Beaches allow dogs to run
without a leash on the wave slope within voice command:
Clam Beach
Mad River County Park
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

Trinidad State Beach,
Little River, and Dry Lagoon.    Gold Bluffs Beach

To protect species, some beaches may be off limits during breeding times of the year. These areas will be cordoned off and/or posted.

Beach on a leash March thru September:
Loleta - The Eel River Wildlife Area
Ferndale - Centerville Beach  707-445-6493

Other trails that allow dogs on a leash:
Hammond Trail - McKinleyville
Most City Parks   Fortuna has a dog park. Next to Fortuna Feed and Garden Center 126 Dinsmore Dr, Fortuna

Please do not let your dog chase or harass wildlife.  Keep in mind when planning your trip that it is advisable to call before you bring your dog since conditions can change, such as wildlife habitat protection, re-vegetation and other projects.

Important: Health officials advise that pets can be harmed by blooms of blue green algae, which is common in Humboldt County's freshwater lakes, rivers and lagoons in the mid to late summer. Blooms are recognizable as blue-green or brown mats or foam on the surface of the water. Please do not let your dogs swim in the water at these times.

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