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Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in San Luis Obispo, CA

There are 2 dog friendly hiking trails in San Luis Obispo. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in San Luis Obispo, CA, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

Bob Jones City to the Sea Trail

Pick up a delicious picnic lunch from the Avila Valley Barn before hopping on the 2.5-mile Bob Jones City to the Sea Trail (which starts right behind the farm). The paved trail winds its way through the Avila Valley, following a beautiful stream all the way to Avila Beach. Either of the town’s two off-leash dog beaches (Olde Port Beach and Fisherman’s Beach) can be accessed by walking a half mile past the trail’s official end in the somewhat narrow bike line on Avila Beach Drive.

San Luis Obispo Railroad Safety Trail

The San Luis Obispo Railroad Safety Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in San Luis Obispo! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the San Luis Obispo Railroad Safety Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6132443">TrailLink.com</a>.

Jim Green Trail

The Jim Green trail begins at the end of Cortez Ave. winding around the north side of Chalk Mountain Golf Course, which is part of the county's 230-acre regional park. Named after the late Jim Green of Atascadero, an outdoor enthusiast responsible for the formation of many hiking and equestrian trails in San Luis Obispo county, the trail begins rather inauspiciously, being flanked by residential homes on one side and railroad tracks on the other, however, within a couple of hundred feet you start to experience more of a true "wilderness feeling." A large trail marker with information about the area will also come into view at this point and you will have to choose which direction to take as the trail is a two-mile loop. Open to hikers, equestrians, bicyclists, and dogs, the trail is an excellent spot for those who want a quick walk (about 40 minutes) that is neither too strenuous nor too easy. The trail is not open to motorized vehicles. Dogs are allowed both on and off-leash; however, leashed is probably preferable because of the prevalence snakes in the area.

Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove is pet-friendly. This lovely spot includes a short paved trail that will lead you and your pooch on a grand tour of butterflies. Check out their website to find out when the season opening hours are. They are open every day of the week during the season and the trail is accessible during all hours.
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