Hot Spots For You and Your Hound

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 3.35.03 PMBY ROSS DICKERSON

DON’T KEEP YOUR POOCH COOPED UP IN THE BACKYARD. TAKE MAN’S BEST FRIEND TO A LOCAL DOG PARK, OR ON A DOG- FRIENDLY HIKE.YOU’LL BE SURPRISED AT WHAT STANISLAUS COUNTY HAS TO OFFER.

VIRGINIA CORRIDOR TRAILWAY
From Needham Avenue to Bangs Avenue, Modesto
The Virginia Corridor Trailway is a Modesto treasure. It follows the decommissioned Tidewater Railway Line for 4.2 miles, carving a trail through a large portion of Modesto. You’re liable to see lots of folks out with their families and dogs any time of day, enjoying a nice walk. There are benches along the way if you need to catch your breath, and a playground area at the Needham Avenue end of the trail is perfect for the kids. This is a beautifully maintained trail.

MODESTO DOG PARK
The intersection of Enslen and Morris avenues
The park has several waste bag dispensers and people seem to be fairly conscientious about picking up after their animals. The park is divided into an area for large dogs and another for small ones. With lots of benches to sit on it’s a good place for humans too, and the many regulars are all very welcoming. Water is available for humans and for dogs. There is also an on-site parking lot. It backs up to a canal on one side and is a very easy walk from where the Virginia Corridor Trailway ends (or begins, depending on your perspective).

TURLOCK DOG PARKS
500 S. Berkeley Ave. N. Countryside Dr., near Monte Vista Crossings
Turlock’s longstanding dog park in Quaile Rand Norton Park, formerly known as Sunnyview Park, was recently joined by a second Turlock dog park in Swanson-Centennial Park. Both parks offer separate areas for large and small dogs, waste bins and bags for cleaning up, water and lots of room for running.

PATTERSON DOG PARK
16651 Ward Ave.
Patterson’s dog park is located inside the T.W. Patterson Sports Complex. This is a very nice park with grass, benches, trees, water fountains, and picnic tables. Notably, it is the only area dog park with agility
equipment for dogs to play on.

EAST LA LOMA PARK
2001 Edgebrook Dr., Modesto
East La Loma Park is Modesto’s largest public park and home to one of the best hiking trails in the area. The trail runs from the edge of the park bordering La Loma Boulevard all the way to Claus Road. During the day, the park is typically well populated and you will likely encounter many other pedestrians and their dogs. But walker beware: this is not a hike you should attempt very early in the morning or very close to dusk if you are alone. Also, though there are signs notifying park users that it is prohibited to let dogs off- leash, some people do it. But this is a wonderful walk with a variety of terrain and, at nearly ten miles end-to-end, it is a great way to burn off some of your pup’s energy.

OAKDALE DOG PARK
7910 Crane Rd., just past Greger Street
This park is also divided into an area for large dogs and another area for smaller dogs. There is lots of grass and plenty of room for dogs to frolic. Benches are placed in several locations and there is drinking water for dogs and their owners. Only street parking is available.

GET OUT AND EXPLORE a few of these pet-friendly spaces available to local residents. And when you’re done, consider swinging by the Redwood Café’s pet-friendly patio (4342 Dale Rd.) where you can enjoy a glass of wine and some fine cuisine.

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