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Dog Areas in San Francisco

51 Parks
4 Trails
3 Shops
166 Eateries
57 Groomers

San Francisco, although the smallest county in the state, is recognized as the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. By U.S. census data, dogs in San Francisco outnumber children by about 1.7 to 1.1. There are around 132,000 dogs that call San Francisco home and to take care of these four-legged friends there are over 45 veterinarian hospitals and clinics.

San Francisco is probably best known as a bustling tourist destination, although don't let that steer you away from enjoying the fog and steep rolling hills. Want a view of the Golden Gate Bridge? Check out Corona Heights Park in Corona Heights. You'll have undisturbed views of the Golden Gate Bridge to the west and Bay Bridge to the east. There is even a separate, enclosed dog run with a watering station for your furry friend.

If you're looking for something with a bit of history, check out Fort Funston. Otherwise known as "Dog Heaven" to locals, Fort Funston boasts a beach, expansive areas for off-leash running, and plenty of hiking trails. Don't worry about the sandy mess, if you're planning on spending the night check out the Argonaut Hotel or Fairmont San Francisco. Both of which offer stunning views, amazing staff, and ridiculously great locations in San Francisco proper.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in San Francisco

  1. Dog Parks 3
    Population Density 22,300/sq mi
    If you’re staying near Bernal Heights, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dog parks. At Precita Park, you can enjoy playtime with both your kids and your furry friend. Your little ones will love the playground equipment, while your pup will enjoy playing in the large field. Upper Noe Park, Holly Park, and Saint Mary’s Park are also nearby, so make sure to scope out each one and pick your favorite. Want your pup to make some new friends during your time in Bernal Heights? Be sure to plan your visit during the annual Fido 500 Dog Race, inspired by the Indy 500.
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  2. Dog Parks 4
    Population Density 16,620/sq mi

    #2 Glen Park

    If you want a stunning view of San Francisco, you can’t miss Billy Goat Hill. This scenic view is perfect for a quiet walk with your furry friend. Don’t forget to try your hand at the rope swing, too. You can also enjoy Glen Canyon Park, another scenic park that offers several walking trails and plenty of open space for your pup to play. Looking for somewhere family-friendly? Grab the kids and head on over to Walter Haas Park and Playground, where you can let your pup off the leash in the fenced-off area just for dogs. A weekly puppy social is also held at the K9 Scrub Club in the Glen Park neighborhood, so be sure to drop by for a pawesome time!
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  3. Dog Parks 2
    Population Density 27,890/sq mi

    #3 Haight


    The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood is just a few minutes away from the Golden Gate district, making it the ideal location for tourists. It’s even better for vacationing dog owners, boasting four excellent parks. The Panhandle is an extension of the Golden Gate Park, where you can enjoy a jog with your leashed pup. Check out the gorgeous flora The Panhandle has to offer (but don’t let your pup get too curious!). Buena Vista Park is also a great location for a sweeping view of the city, which your dog can enjoy off-leash. Corona Heights Park and Duboce Dog Park are also great choices if you’re looking for a quieter location for a walk.

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  4. Dog Parks 4
    Population Density 23,110/sq mi

    #4 Castro

    The Kite Hill Open Space in the Castro-Upper Market district offers a sweeping view of the city as well as gorgeous exotic plants and grasses. Mission Dolores Dog Park is an off-leash park that’s popular with the locals. If you want to make the most of your stay in The Castro, check out the annual Bark in the Park, a fundraiser for Compassion without Borders that includes a silent auction, live music, food, and more. DogFest is also held in Dubose Triangle each year, just a few minutes away from The Castro. Looking for something to do after a long day of play? Check out the historic Castro Theatre.
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    Population Density 17,020/sq mi

    #5 Presidio

    The Presidio area of San Francisco is home to some of the most gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge as well as historic and cultural establishments. Want to go fishing while in San Fran? Look no farther than Fort Point, where you can relax in the sun and cast a couple lines with your leashed pup by your side. It’s also a historic site where you can learn more about its role in protecting the city since the Gold Rush. Fancy a long walk? Head over to the San Francisco Embarcadero, part of a network of more than 1,500 rail-trails. Catch some rays and enjoy a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge at Baker Beach, where you can let your pup off his leash in certain areas.
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