We know our four-legged family needs a vacation too. Tuolumne County offers plenty of dog-friendly activities. Here are some ideas for your pet-friendly vacation.
Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails
There are many dog friendly hikes near Yosemite. What better way to explore the region than hiking with your dogs through some of the most beautiful terrain in California. Dragoon Gulch Trail in Sonora is a 2.5 mile loop that follows Woods Creek. Enjoy the flora, interesting rock formations, and breath-taking vistas too.
New Melones Lake and Recreation Area just outside of Sonora and Angel's Camp is a full package of fun. Taking a dip in the lake, cast a line to reel in a big one, or tackle some or all of the 20 miles worth of trails.
West Side Trail was originally a three-foot narrow gauge railroad first operated under the name of the Hetch Hetchy & Yosemite Valley Railroad, starting in 1898. Today this trail is open for hiking and biking for all skill levels. The trail is developed from the east boundary of the Tuolumne Township to approximately four miles beyond the Stanislaus National Forest boundary.
For the bit more adventurous hiker:
Preston Falls Trail in the Stanislaus National Forest is a intermediate 8 mile dog-friendly hiking trail outside of Groveland. In addition to a lovely waterfall, you might spot wildflowers, chirping birds and depending on a season you might find the perfect spot for a quick swim.
Dog-Friendly Parks and Attractions
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park - All board! Dogs are welcome on the train and throughout the park. There is both self-guided and ranger-guided tours of the working roundhouse and movie museum. On weekends, April - October you can enjoy a 45 minute steam train tour of California's Gold Country.
Columbia State Historic Park, a real, working Gold Rush town and historic park, let's you step back in time with activities like candle dipping, panning for gold, sipping sarsaparilla and shopping in some stellar old fashioned stores. Don't miss taking your dog on Quartz Mountain Stage Coach rides. Stop into Indigeny Reserve, a lush 160 acre apple orchard nestled in the hills of historic Sonora. Enjoy some of their hand-crafted hard cider and apple brandy that has been aged in oak barrels. There is a lovely shaded outdoor area where pets are welcome.
Dori's Tea Cottage is located in the historic site of one the first U.S. Postmasters, Minnie Feretti. In this charming historic setting you will find not only delicious gourmet teas but selection of yummy lunch items. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area. Pop into Here's the Scoop and enjoy an old time atmosphere with old fashioned ice cream and homemade goodies. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area.
There are several lodging options in Tuolumne County where you and your dog will feel right at home. Be sure to check out the National Park Service page for information on dogs in Yosemite.