You know your dog loves you when he is still excited to see you, even after you’ve left him home alone all day long. Loyalty like that deserves more than just a dog treat. Show your favorite canine pal some major love this weekend with a field trip to the best dog-friendly parks and dog-walking trails in Los Angeles.
Runyon Canyon Park
2001 N. Fuller Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Many have described Runyon Canyon as a place to see and be seen, especially if you’re the type to tweet about celebrity sightings. It’s also the first place that comes to mind when most locals are asked about good parks to walk your dog in Los Angeles. It’s the perfect place for young and high-energy dogs that enjoy being out in the open without the confines of a leash. Make sure to watch your step though because with so many dogs running around, you’re bound to run into a few unfriendly surprises.
Anthony C. Beilenson Park
6300 Balboa Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Formerly known as Lake Balboa Park, the Balboa name will never really go away for at the heart and center of this recreational facility is Lake Balboa itself. The 27-acre man-made lake is surrounded by a good stretch of jogging paths that offer a good scenic route lit by cherry blossoms (when in season) rather than traffic lights. The park is so big that there are multiple paths to walk your dog ranging from one to five miles. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash so it doesn’t go jumping in the lake or go crazy chasing after ducks.
835 Academy Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Elysian Park may be the oldest park in the city, but it’s also one of the most divinely picturesque places to walk your dog. The open meadows along with fantastic views of the city skyline make it a heavenly place to enjoy a more intimate dog-walking experience compared to Runyon Canyon. This hidden gem is indeed a park fit for dogs. It’s also a great place to relax and be one with nature.
20864 Wells Drive
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Located at the end of the Santa Monica Mountains lies a beautiful park with a walking path the circles the park and plenty of running space for dogs spanning the size of a football field. The best thing about Serrania Park is its location amid a quiet neighborhood, making the park itself a nice little sanctuary from the usual hustle and bustle of city life. Make sure you keep your dog on a leash because owners have been known to get cited for off-leash dogs.
7001 Smith Rd.
Simi Valley, CA 9306
Long before it was a public park, Corriganville was a former movie ranch before it became a western theme park where visitors could experience a real movie set. At one point in time, it was even known as Hopetown when it was owned by comedian Bob Hope. In 1988, it was purchased by the City of Simi Valley and soon turned into a regional park where you can read descriptions of filming locations along the walking trail that circles around the park. It’s also very dog-friendly with doggie bags placed at the beginning of the trail.
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