The 10 best dog parks in San Francisco

In the San Francisco Bay Area, nearly every day is a good day to take your dog to the park. There are dog parks with ocean-views, forested vistas, and grassy plains, and they’re all ready for you and your furry friend.

However, finding the best dog park for your needs can sometimes be a challenge. Is there parking? Are there separate areas for small and big dogs? These questions and more make finding the right spot a chore as you scour online reviews for answers before setting out. We did some of the research for you, and are excited to share our list of 10 of the best dog parks in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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1. Alameda Dog Park

Address: 1302 8th St, Alameda, CA 94501

Phone: 510-747-7529

Official Website

Fenced in?: Yes

Hours: Dawn to dusk  


The Alameda Small Dog park is a haven for pups 30 lbs and under. Right next to the small dog area is a section for bigger dogs. Located in Lower Washington Park with convenient free parking, running water for humans and dogs, and restrooms for humans. It’s just a short walk to Crown Memorial State Beach where you can take in the sights of the Bay with your dog.

What people are saying:

This dog park is small but does the trick. There are plenty of grassy spots along with some very sandy spots so your dog will get sandy. Definitely had to dust Lucy off before she got back in the car.

There are pooper scoopers which is nice but I bring my own doggie bags. There are also some toys lying around for doggies to enjoy. 

 

2. Ohlone Doggy Park

Address: 1800 Hearst Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703

Phone: 510-981-6700

Official Website

Fenced in?: Yes

Hours: Weekdays 8 am - 8 pm Weekends 9 am - 8 pm


This park has the distinction of being the first dog park created in the United States! It has separate areas for big and small dogs, located inside a larger park. Street parking is available, and there is some seating within the park as well.

What people are saying:

Great place to socialize with other dogs with a wide open area, a few communal toys, places to sit (often used as dog "jungle gyms"), and plenty of water. The wood chips make for a bit of dust, but it's much better than having a mud pit for lack of grass.

People often frequent at consistent times/days so if your dog makes friends it's easy for them to track each other down.

 

3. Mission Bay/Mission Creek Dog Park

Address: 451 Berry St, San Francisco, CA 94158

Phone: 415-543-9063

Official Website

Fenced in?: Yes

Hours: 7am - 10pm

 

The first park on this list with astroturf and gravel instead of dirt and wood chips. Lots of seating for humans within the park, and in case you were thinking about bringing all the dogs to the yard, they have a 6 dog maximum per person. This park does not have separate areas for small and large dogs.

What people are saying:

My dog used to hate dog parks, but she's somehow comfortable at Mission Creek Dog Park. I'm not sure if it's to be attributed to the location, the dogs, or a combination of the two, but I'm so glad she likes. It's usually not too crowded in the evening or early morning. Owners do a good job picking up after their dogs so, this is one of the cleaner dog parks I've seen.

 

4. Upper Douglass Dog Play Area

Address: 800-898 27th St, San Francisco, CA 94131

Phone: 415-309-8362

Official Website

Fenced in?: Yes

Hours: 6 am to 10 pm - Closed Wednesdays for maintenance, opens Thursdays, 7:30 AM

 

Located in hilly Noe Valley in San Francisco, Upper Douglass dog park is all grass and not separated based on dog size. Street parking is available and there are bathrooms for people too.

What people are saying:

There is lots of room for dogs to run and play, and they (and their humans!) can even climb up the outer edges of the park with all the trees. It is equipped with water and trash cans, so I haven't really noticed too much of a dog poop problem.

It can get quite crowded with lots of dogs, but we've never had a problem before. Just take your dog up the mountainous side if they're feeling overwhelmed!

You can actually get a pretty nice view of the city from here too!

 

5. Point Isabel Dog Park

Address: 2701 Isabel St Richmond, CA 94808

Phone: 888-327-2757

Official Website

Fenced in?: No

Hours: 5 am - 10 pm unless otherwise posted

 

The first unfenced park on this list, Point Isabel still has rules for dog behavior. According to their website, “Dogs may be off-leash at Point Isabel, although owners must have a leash with them (six-foot maximum) and have their dog under voice control and within sight at all times.” The park also features a cute cafe, the Sit & Stay, along with Mudpuppys grooming and boutique.

What people are saying:

I really enjoy going to this dog park and my dog loves this place! Dogs have lots of space to run, play with other dogs, and just have fun! There are free doggie bags at stations and waste containers along the trail. All of the people here are really friendly and sociable! There are not that many off-leash dog parks in the area so this is a really nice place to take your dog!

There are clean water areas for your dogs to have water and the views of the bay and bridge are amazing! There are clean restrooms as well.

It is really nice that there is a cafe and dog wash there.

 

6. Rincon Hill Dog Park

Address: 486 Beale St. San Francisco, California, CA 94105

Phone: 415-831-2700

Official Website

Fenced in?: Yes

Hours: 7 am - 9 pm

 

A hidden gem in San Francisco located under Highway 80 in Rincon Hill, this park also offers separate areas for small and big dogs. Poop bags are plentiful and the space is kept up thanks to neighborhood volunteers. Parking can be difficult (as it is across San Francisco) so walk, carpool, or take public transit.

What people are saying:

My favorite thing is that it is small enough and fully enclosed so that you can take your dogs off leash without worrying about the your dog running away or not coming back when you call them. This is perfect for people who own puppies or recently adopted a dog that is not yet trained in recall, or have a type of dog that like to run off. While off-leash dog parks likes Fort Funston is far more scenic/beautiful and action-packed, it is not well-suited for dogs who cannot yet go off-leash. While this Rincon Hill Dog Park is not huge, it is nevertheless amply big for dogs to run and get their exercise/socialization.

 

7. Cesar Chavez Park

Address: 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley, CA 94710

Phone: 510-981-6731

Official Website

Fenced in?: No

Hours: 6 am - 10 pm unless otherwise posted

 

A large park with designated off-leash areas, Cesar Chavez Park is a favorite of those seeking Bay views. It’s located in the Berkeley Marina, with generally easy-to-find parking. Be sure to check signs for the off-leash area and keep your dog under voice control at all times.

What people are saying:

We came here so many times with our golden retriever - there is a large off-leash dog park, where we could throw a frisbee as far as we could without worrying about leaving the off-leash area. All of the dogs we met there were friendly as could be.

The park has a paved walkway that goes around the perimeter, and I also went a few times to run - it's a good running trail, with scenic views and not heavy foot traffic in the mornings. There are also paved walkways through the park, there are also dirt paths to follow in between paved tracks.

No fees to enter, and there is plenty of parking along the road adjacent to the park.

 

8. Joaquin Miller Dog Park

Address: 3300 Joaquin Miller Rd, Oakland, CA 94602

Phone: 510-238-3187

Official Website

Fenced in?: Yes

Hours: 7 am - 6 pm

 

Located inside Joaquin Miller Park (where dogs must be walked on-leash) is a fenced-in dog park with separate areas for small and large dogs. Take in the sights of eucalyptus trees after or before a hike through the park. There is parking near the dog play area, but no restrooms for people.

What people are saying:

It is sort of a mission to hike all the way to the dog park, but totally worth it once you let your dog off the leash and he runs around. There were a major amount of dogs (duh) and they were all friendly! Sat on a humongous log and watch the dogs do what they do best. The owners were all present and there are even random toys and a water fountain for your dog! Amazing!

 

9. Seal Point Dog Park

Address: 1901 J Hart Clinton Dr, San Mateo, CA 94401

Phone: 650-787-9153

Official Website

Fenced in?: Yes

Hours: 7 am - 7:30 pm

 

One of the largest dog parks on this list at 3 acres, Seal Point Park offers separate areas for large and small dogs, both fenced in. This is also our first South Bay mention, for those spending time in Silicon Valley. Water bowls and many tennis balls are provided for hours of fun.

What people are saying:

One of the larger, if not largest, dog parks in the San Mateo area. The park offers a large open space and a smaller fenced in section for the smaller canine friends. The human bathrooms are close by in case your dog's business influenced you in any way. Speaking of which, poop bags are freely available for picking up after your pets. At the entrance are water faucets and community drinking bowls for the thirsty pooches.

 

10. Golden Gate Park - Dog Training Area

Address: 6335 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Phone: 415-831-2700

Official Website

Fenced in?: Some areas

Hours: Dawn to dusk

 

Golden Gate Park is 1,000 acres of outdoor fun in the heart of San Francisco, so we couldn’t end our list without it. While dogs are accepted in most areas of the park, there are specific sections for even more doggy fun. The park has compiled a list of dog runs, with the most well known being the training area off Fulton St. which is fenced-in.

What people are saying:

One of my favorite dog parks to take my dogs to in the city. It's actually one of the few dog parks that are fully enclosed. Being in Golden Gate Park, it is probably the largest dog park in the area. It can get very dusty since the entire enclosure is dirt and when the dogs run around, it gets kicked up in the air.

During the day, this is a favorite spot amongst some of the dog walkers. At night it is usually not too bad either. In all my instances, I've never run into a mean dog and have yet to encounter a dog fight. You'll still find some owners who are rude, but it's not as bad as other dog parks I've been to.

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