If your dog loves to socialize, he’ll be itching to get out of the car and onto the sand at Arroyo Burro Beach Park, a.k.a. Hendry’s Beach, where dogs of all breeds and sizes can run, play and splash in the waves with new friends. After strolling the magnificent curving coastline, hightail it over to The Boathouse Restaurant for a bite to eat.
2981 Cliff Dr. On-leash/Off-leash, follow signage.
High above Arroyo Burro Beach Park is a prime piece of real estate known as the Douglas Family Preserve (formerly known as The Wilcox Property). The preserve is a perfect place for a brisk walk and a meet ‘n’ greet with other canine friends.
Entrances at the ends of Borton Dr. and Linda Rd. on the Mesa; foot bridge near the corner of Cliff Dr. and Las Positas Rd.
A long-time favorite among locals, Elings Park offers more than 230 acres of manicured hiking trails, grassy areas and open spaces that are sure to tickle Fido’s fancy.
Take Las Positas Rd. to Jerry Harwin Pkwy.
Other leash-free areas to romp with Rover:
Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd., Goleta, off Storke Rd. behind Costco.
Kiwanis Meadow at Tucker’s Grove Park, at the intersection of Turnpike and Cathedral Oaks Roads.
Patterson Neighborhood Open Space, University Dr. and Calle Aparejo. Toro Canyon County Park, 576 Toro Canyon Park Rd., Montecito.
-Karen Lee Stevens