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Trails Unleashed: Exploring Santa Cruz County's Best Dog-Friendly Hikes

Calling all dog owners! Explore scenic trails tailored for you and your furry friends across Santa Cruz County by us at Heritage Kennel. From the majestic redwoods of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to the stunning vistas at West Glenwood Open Space Preserve, these trails offer memorable adventures for both nature enthusiasts and their dogs.

Dog at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Dog at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Locals and visitors adore Henry Cowell for its scenic 6-mile Pipeline Trail, winding amidst majestic redwood trees along the San Lorenzo River. Remember to keep your dog on a leash while exploring. Parking fee: $10.


The Forest of Nisene Marks Delve into the lush beauty of Nisene Marks with specific trails like Aptos Creek Fire Road and the Vienna Woods Trail, allowing leashed dogs. Parking costs $10 and offers a fantastic starting point for memorable hikes.



Forest of Nisene Marks
Forest of Nisene Marks


West Glenwood Open Space Preserve Featuring approximately four miles of trails, this preserve offers breathtaking valley vistas and various loop options. Keep an eye out for spring wildflowers and be prepared for sun exposure on warm days.



Dog owner and dogs hiking on West Glenwood Open Space Preserve
West Glenwood Open Space Preserve


Lodato Trail Nestled in Scotts Valley's redwoods, Lodato Trail offers a tranquil 1.2-mile hike. Leashed dogs are welcome, but beware of poison oak in some areas. Parking is free, making it accessible for a peaceful stroll.



Dog on Lodato Trail
Lodato Trail


Byrne-Milliron Forest Explore 402 acres of dog-friendly trails, home to unique sights like the Great White Redwood tree and art sculptures scattered along the paths. Try the Byrne Trail to A.J.’s Point for a 2.5-mile trek or the 3-mile Great White loop.



Dogs at Byrne-Milliron Forest Santa Cruz
Byrne-Milliron Forest Santa Cruz

Discover these dog-friendly trails in Santa Cruz County and share your adventures with us on social media. Don't forget to tag us @HeritageKennel for a chance to be featured. Get set for unforgettable hikes with your furry friend! 🐾🌲 #DogFriendlyHikes #SantaCruzTrails

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