Best Parks To Walk Your Dog In OC

April 18, 2014 6:00 AM

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Most people consider their dog an integral part of the family, so finding enjoyable places to walk your pup is important. The parks below provide various trails and open areas with picturesque views. Additionally, many of the locations offer several activities to enjoy after the hike such as fishing, cycling, horseback riding, volleyball, surfing, softball, baseball, racquetball and grilling.

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Peters Canyon Regional Park
8548 E. Canyon View Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6611

For a longer excursion with your dog, Peters Canyon Regional Park is the place to go. There is more than 330 acres of land consisting of trails and several species of vegetation to trek through, and there’s also a nice lake and creek that trickles through the canyon. Additionally, parking is only $3 for the entire day, so there’s no need to rush. Visit OC Parks to view a park map and plan your journey. With several different kinds of terrain to admire, you and your pup will feel at one with nature. You can also bring your bike or horse to accompany you on the trails.

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Canyon View Park
22144 Canyon Vistas
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 243-7750

With more than 12 acres of terrain for you and your pooch to peruse, you are both sure to get a workout. You can hop on the trails or open grassy area and explore the nature around you. There’s even volleyball courts and picnic tables if you want to have more fun after the hike. Additionally, kiddos can exert more energy on the playground equipment on site.

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Huntington Beach Trail
103 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 846 1114

Enjoy the serene environment at the Huntington Beach Trail with your pup. Enjoy the fresh ocean breeze and take a walk or jog on the open path with your four-legged buddy. It’s perfect for those on a budget because parking is free. You can also bring friends and family along for a bike ride, surf or fun day laying out at the beach. You and your dog will be refreshed after the exercise and peaceful ocean vibes.

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Ted Craig Regional Park
3300 S. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92835
(714) 973-3180

Ted Craig Regional Park is a perfect destination for the entire family. Take your dog for a walk on the trails and bring your bike, softball, baseball, racquetball and volleyball gear to keep the fun going throughout the day. There’s even horseshoe pits, picnic areas and BBQ grills on site. If you have your California Fish and Game License, feel free to bring your fishing gear and cast your poles for some bluegill and catfish. You can also find shade in the shelter area and appreciate the various forms of wildlife at the park.

Canyon Park
970 Arbor St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(714) 754-5000

Bring your dog along to enjoy the 35-acre area at Canyon Park. The open areas and trails are ideal for dogs to explore, and the playground equipment will entice the kiddos to come along for the jaunt. After partaking in the recreation, you can BBQ on site and relax in the picnic area. The outing will make for a nice day with friends and family.

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