Address: 24100 MacKerricher Park Road, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 Parking: Free parking lot across the street from the train boarding location Fee: $5 for day use hiking, $35 for camping Hours: 6AM-10PM (hours vary) Type: Hike/ Camp Dog Rules: Dogs allowed on-leash Best time to visit: Anytime
Description: This is a beautiful dog-friendly park, which feels like a private getaway. As soon as you arrive, the friendly park rangers greet you and offer your dog a treat. Campsites are large and feel private, and most of the campsites are surrounded by tall shrubs so you have privacy from your neighbors. In less than a five minute walk, you’ll be on the beach. The beach is dog-friendly and offers plenty of spots for your dog to swim, and the sandy beaches are warm, although the water is cold. You can also seal watch and explore the tide pools. The campsites have running water which is drinkable, although has a yellowish tint, so I would recommend packing in drinking water. Restrooms with flushing toilets and outlets for hair dryers are available. Showers are available, and they take quarters. The fee is only $1 for 5 minutes. The camp host is right next to the showers and will happily provide you with quarters and wood for your campfire. Bring plenty of warm clothes, as it gets cold at night and was misting when we woke up in the morning. It's a nice place to escape the heat. There are miles of trails to explore around the beach, with beautiful wooden boardwalks on the cliffside. There is also a scenic trail which loops around the lake, but be careful here, as part of the boardwalk is under construction and there are missing boards. Overall, this is one of the most beautiful parks we have ever camped at, and it has a lot to offer you and your dog. Plan ahead when booking your stay, as campsites fill up fast. We lucked out and got a spot because someone cancelled, so set an alert on Reserve America if nothing is available.