If this year hasn’t been the year of connecting with your furry companion, then you know the struggle of finding a familiar dog park that suits all your and their needs.
The cities dog parks are sprawling yet few—so many regular parks double as dog parks if you really need them to be. Though this list isn’t a comprehensive guide to dog parks in San Francisco, this list highlights parks that are stocked with doggie bags, fenced off, owner friendly, and best yet dog friendly.
Though some of these dog parks close on harsh weather days so make sure to go on gorgeous sunnier ones to really get the full experience.
Corona Heights Park
Located at the base of the windy Corona Heights Summit, which offers unobstructed 360-degree views for you and your pup to soak in on-leash, is the Corona Heights Park. This lush play area also boasts fantastic views of the city, and also enjoys a beautiful wildflower display including California poppies, Mule’s Ears, and Johnny Jump-Ups, so please be mindful of where your dog wanders. Be wary of poison oak here! // 32 Museum Way, San Francisco, daily: 5AM–12AM; sfrecpark.org
Golden Gate Park: Dog Training Area
One of the largest fully-fenced, dog runs in San Francisco, Golden Gate Park’s Dog Training Area is located directly behind the Bison Paddock. This play area attracts large crowds on sunny days, and tends to get dusty due to its dirt surface. A great place to let your pup roam free and make new friends, especially if you’re looking to spend a day wandering through the park. // 38th & Fulton Street, San Francisco, daily: 5AM–12AM; sfrecpark.org
Mission Creek Dog Park
485 Berry Street, San Francisco, CA
With an astro-turf and gravel surface mix, Mission Creek Dog Park is a well-maintained dog play area, with trees for shade and picnic tables for owners to hang out on. Forgot waste bags to pick up after your furry friend? No worries, this park is stocked with free waste bags and waste containers. // 485 Berry Street, San Francisco, daily: 7AM–10PM; missionbayparks.com
Rincon Hill Dog Park
Rincon Hill Dog Park features two separate and routinely maintained gated play areas for small and bigger dogs. Both enclosures are large enough for dogs to freely run around, but small enough that you don’t need to worry about pup’s with poor recall. Though there is a lack of shade and it tends to get noisy from street traffic, the Rincon Hill Dog Park features a plethora of amenities including water fountains with water bowls, waste bags courtesy of Pawtrero Bathhouse & Feed Pet Store, waste containers, and park benches. // 486 Beale Street, San Francisco, 7AM–9PM; .rinconhilldogpark.org
St. Mary’s Dog Play Area
By far one of the best all-around dog play parks in the San Francisco, St. Mary’s Dog Play Area has a double gated entrance leading to a large, manicured grass field. There are a plethora of benches and picnic tables where visitors can sit while they watch their pups, and water fountains. // 95 Justin Drive, San Francisco, daily: 6AM–10PM; sfrecpark.org
Upper Douglass Dog Play Area
Thanks in part to the Friends of Upper Douglass Dog Park, hundreds of pups are able to enjoy a well-maintained, diverse range of terrain from the flat grassy field in the play area’s main area, to the woodsy upper hillside featuring mini dirt trails in Noe Valley’s Upper Douglass Park. // 27th & Douglass Boulevard, San Francisco, Thursday–Tuesday: 6AM–10PM, Closed on Wednesdays; sfrecpark.org
Walter Haas Park and Playground
Adjacent to the equally picturesque Billy Goat Hill, Walter Haas Park and Playground features a fully-enclosed dog run equipped with a double gated entrance, doggie fountain, and crushed stone surface to prevent muddy paws on wet days. // Addison & Farnum Street, San Francisco, daily 5AM–12AM; sfrecpark.org
// Feature photo by Tatiana Rodriguez. Have a dog park we missed in this list? DM us on IG and we will add it!