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Bring Your Dog to Tuolumne County

By VTC Author | 06/11/2020 | Exploring Tuolumne County, Pet Friendly

Humans, treat your pets to a vacation where there are wide open spaces, fresh mountain air, and off the grid adventures. Welcome to pet-friendly Tuolumne County located 2.5 hours from the Bay Area, where the Dog Days are waiting in Yosemite National Park, Gold Country, and the High Sierra.

Yosemite National Park is Paw-Some 

Dogs are welcome in Yosemite National Park as long as they stick to paved roads and paths (unless it says otherwise). It’s no secret that dogs love road trips, and one of the most scenic road trips is up Highway 120/Tioga Pass (open seasonally) that winds through Yosemite National Park. Along this route, visitors can take in views at Olmsted Point and Tuolumne Meadows.

Groveland, the gateway town into Yosemite, is a great place to explore with your four-legged friends. Explore the historic main street with many fun shops like Ranch Revived, Yosemite Adventure Supplies, and the Iron Door Saloon which happens to be the longest continuously operating bar in California. Pets are also welcome to relax at Mountain Sage Coffee and Nursery

Photo Courtesy of India Sutton

Have a Howlin’ Good Time in Gold Country

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown is home to the famous Sierra No. 3®, the popular steam engine that was used in many films and TV Shows, one of the most notable being Back to the Future III. Dogs are welcome to roam the park with their owners and if they’re well behaved, they can ride on the train. 

Courtyard dining is a breeze at The Service Station. Family-owned and operated on the Main Street of Jamestown, this dog-friendly restaurant has a great selection of local wine, craft beer, and seasonal  drool-worthy specials that will have you begging for more.

Near Jamestown, Table Mountain draws hikers, climbers, and dog-owners alike for its  unique to California, tabletop volcanic plateau formation. The trailhead  is located at the end of Shell Rd. in Jamestown. This rewarding destination is well worth the switchbacks and the views are truly  serene! This destination is a local favorite and overlooks the beautiful New Melones Lake.

Columbia State Historic Park is full of history and pup-lovin’ adventures. Dogs can walk with their owners through the 1850s Gold Rush town and ride on the stagecoach, they might come in handy to scare off any gold robbing thieves! 

Historic Downtown Sonora is especially dog-friendly, with plenty of shops, restaurants, and lodging that welcome pets. 

They can stretch their legs on the Dragoon Gulch Trail. Located on the outskirts of the city center of Sonora, this system of trails lead up the rolling hillside with stunning views of the city. 

Visit Indigeny Reserve, a 160-acre apple orchard and distillery that brews local organic hard ciders. Although the hard cider might not be pet-friendly, the location is with hiking trails and picnic area.

Sniff-In the Fresh Mountain Air of the High Sierra

The Stanislaus National Forest is full of pup-friendly trails to hike. A local favorite is the Sugar Pine Railway Trail, an easy level 6-mile round trip trail that runs along the South Fork of the Stanislaus River. Rent a kayak or boat at the Pinecrest Lake Marina and take the doggo on a nice trek across the lake. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day soaking in the fresh water and mountain air. There is plenty of pet-friendly lodging accommodations in the High Sierra including the McCaffrey House Bed & Breakfast, the Pinecrest Chalet, and Lazy Z Resort.

Dog at Pinecrest

Many of the lodging properties in Tuolumne County welcome your well-behaved four-legged family member with open arms:

Pet-Friendly Lodging throughout Tuolumne County

McCaffrey House B&B

Photo by Michael Battey

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