Orange County's 
Dog Friendly Parks

Dog Friendly Parks...where dog + park = happiness :)

If there is one thing Orange County is not short of, its PARKS! We call it the "P" word, because as soon as Marley hears "Park", she is at the door with ball in mouth.

If your pooch prefers to run leash-free, visit our Orange County Dog Park Guide where your 4-legged friend can sprint, scamper & socialize at over 10 great dog parks in Orange County.

But here you'll find our other favorite dog friendly parks...parks with trails, parks with lakes, and parks with beautiful views...listed alphabetically by city, where leashed dogs are permitted to happily sniff & explore. Ready to blaze new trails? Grab your pal and let's explore Orange County's Best Dog Friendly Parks!

Aliso Viejo

Canyon View Park

A beautiful 12 acre dog friendly park with hiking trails, volleyball court, tot lot, portable toilet and picnic tables.

Canyon View Park
Canyon Vistas and Pacific Park Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92657
(949) 243-7750


Carbon Canyon Regional Park 

A 124 acre dog friendly park with a 10 acre grove of coastal redwoods. This park features an amphitheater, barbeques/fire rings, baseball fields, bicycling/bike trails, botanical preserve, equestrian trails, family picnic area, fishing, hiking trails, horseshoe pits, model sail boating, playground, restrooms, shelters, tables, tennis courts, and volleyball courts.

Carbon Canyon Regional Park
4442 Carbon Canyon Road
Brea, CA 92823

Costa Mesa

Canyon Park

A thirty five acre dog friendly park with winding trails and open spaces where dog owners love to let their pups explore.

Canyon Park
970 Arbor Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(714) 548-4165

Talbert Nature Preserve

Located north & south of Victoria Street between Pacific Avenue & the Santa Ana River, the Talbert Nature Preserve features hiling trails, a botanical preserve, a family picnic area & free parking.

Here you can connect to the beach at the Santa Ana River Mouth, between Huntington & Newport Beaches (crossing underneath the PCH overpass).

Open 7am to sunset year round.

Talbert Nature Preserve
10151 Victoria Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Dana Point

Heritage Park

As featured on our Dana Point Spotlight, 7 acre Heritage Park boasts unbelievable 180 degree views of the Dana Point Marina & a Dog Fun Zone, a small fenced area where your pup can run free.

Open from 6am to 10pm, this is a fantastic spot to enjoy the sun setting over the harbor.

Heritage Park
34400 Old Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Pines Park

In our opinion, one of Dana Point's best sunset spots. The views here are amazing and you'll find plenty of dog friends sniffing around or just gazing out at the setting sun.

Pines Park
34941 Camino Capistrano
Dana Point, CA 92629

Open 6am to 10pm

Salt Creek Beach Park

Featured on our Dog Friendly Beaches page, Salt Creek Beach Park is Dana Point's premiere spot for an ocean view stroll or a seaside picnic. Pay & display parking costs $1/hour. A dog friendly park not to be missed in Dana Point!

Open 5am to midnight daily

Salt Creek Beach Park
33333 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629

Fountain Valley

Mile Square Regional Park

Now this is a park! Featuring 2 fishing lakes, 3 golf courses, 2 soccer fields, baseball & softball diamonds, an archery range, bike & paddle boats, a playground, fitness course, fire rings, a wilderness area and family picnic won't be short of activities!

Open: Nov. 1 - March 31, 7am to 6:30pm
April 1 - Oct. 31, 7am to 9pm

Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid
Fountain Valley, CA 92708


Craig Regional Park

Craig Regional Park
3300 State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92835

A beautiful, serene dog friendly park with equestrian trails, baseball fields, basketball courts, racketball courts, hiking trails, bike trails, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, restrooms, 3 playgrounds and two sand volleyball courts.

Huntington Beach

Central Park

With over 350 acres of grass, trees, lakes & trails, Huntington Beach's Central Park is the perfect spot for a serene afternoon retreat. You might think you're lost in the forest while exploring over 6 miles of paved trails. Enjoy an afternoon of disc golf at the 18 hole course or head over to Best Friend Dog Park found on the east side of Edwards Street.

Park entrances can be found on Edwards, Golden West, Gothard, Slater, Talbert, and Ellis Streets.

Huntington Central Park
18381 Goldenwest Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 848-6565

Open from 5am to 10pm

Harriet M. Weider Regional Park

A unique dogfriendly park with the playground & parking lot made of recycled materials. Hiking trails offer beautiful views of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.

Open 7am to sunset

Harriet M. Weider Regional Park
19251 Seapoint Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92648


William R. Mason Regional Park

This 345 acre woodsy dog friendly park includes a 9 acre lake, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, model sail boating, hiking & equestrian trails, an amphitheater, and plenty of picnic space.

Marley & I often stop here to visit the ducks and enjoy a short walk around the lake. Parking costs $3.00 weekdays, $5.00 weekends...but you may park for free in designated stalls for 20 minutes if you just want to stroll the lake.

Open: Nov. 1 - March 31, 7am to 6pm
April 1 - Oct. 31, 7am to 9pm

William R. Mason Regional Park
18712 University Drive
Irvine, CA 92612-2601

Laguna Beach

Alta Laguna Park

You won't find long trails here, but you will find the best vantage point of all Laguna Beach at Crescent Bay's Point Park.

Located at the end of Crescent Bay Drive in North Laguna, a great little stop before heading to Heisler or Main Beach Parks. Street parking is free. Don't forget your camera!

Open 6am to 10pm

Crescent Bay Point Park
300 Crescent Bay Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Heisler Park

A 2 mile bluff-top stretch located on Cliff Drive, Heisler Park is where you'll find stunning views of Laguna's coastline. The pathway connects to various coves and leads down to the popular boardwalk-lined Main Beach.

A great picnic and sunset spot, the Heisler path is where we take our morning stroll when the beach is off limits in the summer. But when dogs are allowed on the beach, don't forget to check out the tide pools just north of Main Beach at Heisler Cove.

Heisler Park
Cliff Drive between Myrtle & Aster Streets
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Main Beach Park

Connected to Heisler Park via a pathway to the boardwalk, Main Beach Park is located at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in the heart of downtown Laguna. Cruising the boardwalk, you'll find basketball, volleyball, surfing, maybe a little chess game...and you'll meet plenty of fellow furry friends along the way.

Main Beach Park
North Coast Highway between Broadway Street & Laguna Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Moulton Meadows Park

Located at Del Mar & Balboa Avenues above Aliso Canyon, leashed dogs are permitted to explore the trails which are part of Moulton Meadows Park. This dog friendly park connects to the Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 360 degree views of the ocean, Laguna & surrounding cities make this a great morning trek. Don't forget to stop & visit the fire goats who live up here!

Moulton Meadows Park
Del Mar & Balboa Avenues
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Jump from Dog Friendly Parks to our Laguna Beach Spotlight for much more on this favorite city of ours!

Laguna Niguel

Laguna Niguel Regional Park

This beautiful tree studded dog friendly park includes over 230 acres including 44 acre Laguna Niguel Lake claiming to be the finest trout fishery in Southern California.

Besides fishing, Laguna Niquel Regional Park hosts bicycling & hiking trails, boating, equestrian trails, horseshoe pits, firepits, and tennis & volleyball courts.

Parking costs $3.00 weekdays, $5.00 weekends, $7.00 to $10.00 major holidays. No cost to walk into the park.

Open: Nov. 1 - March 31, 6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
April 1 - Oct. 31, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Laguna Niguel Regional Park
28241 La Paz Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949)923-2240 or (949)923-2243

Lake Forest

Pittsford Park
21701 Pittsford Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 461-3600

Pittsford Park sits on 10 acres and offers a fitness course/walking trail, picnic tables and barbecues, 2 playgrounds, a tennis court and restrooms. Concerts in the park held here during summer.

Open dawn to dusk daily

Mission Viejo

Florence Joyner Olympiad Park

A 22 acre dog friendly park dedicated to Florence Griffith Joyner aka "Flo-Jo", located in her home town of Mission Viejo.

Marley & I enjoy the two walking trails which lead to fantastic views of Mission Viejo Lake. Take the short upper trail or follow the lower trail, cross the street at Applegate and continue the trail over to Melinda Road for gorgeous panoramic lake views.

Open 7am to 11pm

Florence Joyner Olympiad Park
22760 Olympiad Road
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Newport Beach

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve & Ecological Reserve

Found on our Newport Beach spotlight, this is one of the few remaining estuaries in Southern California, home to rare & endangered species and renowned as one of the finest bird watching sites in North America.

Open daily 7am to Sunset

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve & Ecological Reserve
2301 University Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660


Peters Canyon Regional Park

A dog friendly park with 354 acres with lush vegetation, scenic trails and a beautiful 50 acre lake.

Open Daily: 7 a.m. to sunset

Peters Canyon Regional Park
8548 E. Canyon View Ave
Orange, CA 92869

Rancho Santa Margarita

Lago Santa Margarita

This 1 mile walking path and exercise course is a beautiful spot for an afternoon stroll. Pick up a sandwich at Mesa Food & Liquor to enjoy a lakeside picnic with your pooch...where you might spot a turtle swimming by.

Lago Santa Margarita
21472 Avenida de los Fundadores
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Seal Beach

Gum Grove Nature Park

On the hill corner of Crestview & Avalon Drive

Gum Grove is a 10 acre, very dog friendly park with water and dog bags at the main Avalon Entrance. The Hellman Nature trail behind the new housing complex connects and runs about a 1/3 of a mile with plenty of sun and beautiful birds. Gum Grove Park is mostly shaded but has three levels of dog walking trails.

Open dawn to dusk

Gum Grove Nature Park
Corner of Crestview & Avalon Drive
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 431-2527

Trabuco Canyon

O'Neill Regional Park

If hiking rural wilderness trails is what you & your husky are looking for, O'Neill Regional Park is waiting for you!

Found at the northeast end of El Toro Road (which turns into Live Oak Canyon Road), this 1,700 acre dog friendly park includes over 6 miles of hiking trails and dog friendly camping in a hidden, woodland setting. Marley and her cousin Recky enjoyed hiking Eagle Trail during our visit to this fantastic wilderness certainly won't think you're in Orange County!

Open 7am to sunset year around, closed 3 days following rain

O'Neill Regional Park
30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
(949)923-2260 or (949)923-2256

Have a favorite dog friendly park of your own in Orange County? Contact Us! We'd love to check out its dog friendly park potential!

And don't forget to visit Fun Orange County Parks to find a wealth of detailed information about Orange County's parks where the motto is "Have fun, play often." 

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