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Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore's shoreline spans 19 miles with several dog friendly areas including Limantour and Kehoe Beach. If you bring a dog, or any other pet, to the park, please observe the park's rules of having Fido a leash no longer than six feet at all times. Pets are allowed in the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot and picnic area. Pets are not permitted in public buildings, on public transportation vehicles, or in locations designated as a swimming beach, or within any structure or area closed to the possession of pets by the superintendent. All trails within the park are closed to pets—with the exception of Kehoe Beach trail and designated trails in the neighboring Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Pets are also permitted on the trails and roads within the Niman Ranch/Commonweal area south of the Commonweal entrance road and west of Mesa road. Pets are allowed on the following ocean-facing beaches throughout the year:
Kehoe Beach - north of the Kehoe Beach trail; Limantour Beach - southeast of the parking lot to the beach adjacent to Coast Camp; Point Reyes/Great Beach - from the North Beach parking lot south to the historic Navy installation/lifeboat station located approximately one mile south of the South Beach parking lot. Visit Website

Or call (415) 464-5100 for more information.

Reviews

BringFido Guest Rating

Point Reyes National Seashore has received a rating of 2.3 out of 5 bones by 3 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Swaranjit
    Aug. 11, 2021
    Dog areas in park

    https://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/upload/map_dogareas.pdf

  • Skooter
    More than a year ago
    Beautiful park, just not for taking your dog to the beach

    I wish I would have had time to do some hiking here, but I wanted to check out the beaches and I came from a long distance away -- just didn't have the time. I wish I would have seen a review on this place specifically for that because that's what I did a search for: dog friendly beaches.

    For the comments about dog areas: there are no specific areas. Check out it's official website and they'll list the rules. North Beach and South Beach allow dogs on lead. Another beach as well, again on lead, can't remember which. Not sure about the trails off the top of my head.

    As for the beaches...

    First of all, you should know that if you use something like Google Maps to get you to the park, you will have another 18 miles or so to travel once you "arrive" -- my pin was at the park office. The roads, particularly past Inverness, get quite curvy and up & down. Very much so near the beaches. If you have a dog that gets motion sick at all, be wary of the trip in. My dog, who never gets motion sick, well, she had her first episode.

    The entire National Shoreline (19 miles of it or so) is classified as a hazardous area to swim or surf. The surf is heavy and there are dangerous riptides all along the coast here. In addition, they have something I'd never heard of before -- "sneaker" waves. These are waves that show no warning sign of developing; they just come unexpectedly and travel much further up onto shore than the other waves at the same time. These are particularly dangerous for getting you caught in a riptide and, as a result, the Parks Service doesn't even recommend you getting anywhere NEAR the water.

    So, if you're looking for a beach to romp around and run in the surf with your dogs, this ain't it. It's a beautiful park, but it can be very dangerous as well. If you do come here to the beaches, definitely keep your dog on lead -- not as a courtesy to everyone else on the beach, but to keep your dog from getting too curious about the water.

  • Judy north
    More than a year ago
    No Dog Park

    I looked everywhere and couldn't find a dog park.
    I asked at Bear Valley center and no one knew
    where the dog park was. There are no signs or
    directions there.

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