Wag More: Pet-Friendly Places In & Around Crescent City, California
Our fur friends make the best travel companions. Adventure is better with those sweet eyes and toothy grins by our side.
Crescent City and our surrounding county of Del Norte have plenty of places to stay and play that will have you and your pet wagging.
Discover pet friendly — and even goat friendly — hiking trails, attractions, lodging, hotels, campgrounds and restaurants. Check out our top places to hang with your dog, er, pet, in Del Norte County.
Frankie, an adventurous pet goat, explores the Redwoods State and National Parks near Crescent City. Photo by Cate of Argosy Odyssey.
How does a patio beer for you and a cool bowl of water for the pup sound? Crescent City has many outdoor dog-friendly dining options.
Seaquake Brewing is a family-friendly taphouse that began as a dream, brewing beer in a barn for family barbeques. Since 2016, Seaquake has been serving up delicious craft beer, small-batch pizza and bar bites. Your furry companion will love the patio (and the 9.2 Burger with bacon jam…if you’re offering).
For another small-batch brewery experience with plenty of award-winning suds on tap, chill out on the patio with your dog at Port O’Pints Brewing Company. This is the oldest craft brewery in Crescent City and the spot to get to chat up the locals and catch live music. They also go all-out for Saint Patrick’s Day so mark your calendar now. Order up the Warrior Dog — an all-beef jumbo hot dog smothered in Sauerkraut and served with a side of House Sweet & Spicy mustard — for you and your pup to share.
Perhaps your pup loves live music and wine as much as you do? If that’s the case, head to Enoteca’s spacious outdoor patio for regular live music acts, a tasty menu filled with a variety of lunch and dinner dishes — including homemade clam chowder — and of course, wine and beer by the glass (or bowl).
Head to the Chart Room Restaurant’s outdoor patio with your pup for a casual seafood feast with sea lion and harbor views. Voted Best Seafood & Best Clam Chowder in the County, this is a popular year-round stop for fresh crab and seafood located along the scenic Crescent City Harbor.
Sit. Stay. (Sleep.)
After a long day hiking mystic trails or exploring sunny beaches, it’s time to curl up with the pup. There is no shortage of pet-friendly lodging in Del Norte County, so you are sure to find Fido’s type of place.
Is your dog the rustic explorer type? Treat them to developed or backcountry camping in the Redwoods. Some parks also offer cabins and RV hookups. For ocean loving pups and their people, park your RV at Lighthouse Cove RV Park and go gaga over the ocean and Battery Pt. Lighthouse views — and sandy beach strolls are only steps away.
Maybe your K-9 favors more creature comforts. Many hotels in Del Norte County are pet-friendly. Here are just a few … refer to all pet-friendly lodging options at the bottom of this post:
Anchor Beach Inn in Crescent City features ocean views in most the rooms and easy access to a long sandy beach (South Beach) for walks and wags
Perhaps you need a place that will accomodate a larger flock, both human and furry. Del Norte County vacation rentals and Airbnbs also feature pet-friendly accommodations. There are more than 40 listings on VRBO as well as Airbnb.
Wander well with your dog along Del Norte County’s endless coastline and beaches in Crescent City and Del Norte County. Leashed dogs are welcome on all beaches. Kellogg Beach is great for agate-hunting. Klamath Beach is a wildlife paradise where the river meets the ocean. And South Beach provides miles of sand fit for running and sniffing.
Take your pup on the salty hike of a lifetime around Lake Earl State Wildlife Area. You’ll trot along the shoreline at Point St. George and up to the dunes and marshes of Tolowa Dunes State Park. Your dog’s tail is wagging at the thought of this wild paradise. If you have a maritime mut, be sure to swing in to Lake Earl while you’re there for some incredible paddling.
Bark Parks & Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails
The state and national parks of Del Norte County are completely inspiring with towering trees, thick vegetation and unique wildlife. To protect these treasures, our fur friends have some rules to follow. Throughout the Redwood Parks, leashed pups are allowed in campgrounds, viewpoint areas, gravel and old logging roads.
We recommend the 3.6 mile out-and-back Cal Barrel Road trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. A rarely-used dirt road, it winds through a spectacular old-growth forest that even the most discerning doggo will appreciate.
The Redwoods National Park Service has put together this great page for pet-owners on visiting the parks. It includes hikes, tips and rules to create an awesome experience with your pet. The general rule of thumb for bringing your dog to the Redwoods National and State Parks is you can walk them on any of the gravel roads throughout the park.
The Smith River National Recreation Area includes oodles of trails to explore with your dog. Check out the Smith River Trail Guide from our friends at the Smith River Trail Alliance to find the perfect woodsy and riverfront trails for you and your pup to explore.
For a more social setting, check out Crescent City’s off-leash fenced dog park. “Dog Town” is in a section of Beachfront Park off Front Street across from SeaQuake Brewing. There is an area for large dogs as well as small ones. After the pup party, leash up and walk over to the B Street Pier to admire the Pacific Ocean.
And Paul Bunyan Loves Dogs, Too
Take your dog anywhere you like within the Trees of Mystery — except for along the Redwood Canopy Trail. This fun nature attraction celebrates the beauty and inspiration of the redwood forests in Klamath, California — only a short drive from Crescent City. A giant talking Paul Bunyan greets you, and may remind you that you don’t have to leave Fido in the car. Leashed dogs are permitted in all areas including trails, gift shop and the SkyTrail tram rides. How often do you get the chance to glide 1,500 feet up in a gondola with your fur friend for a beautiful ocean vista?