Pooch-Friendly Menlo Park and Beyond


You don’t have to go far to find the perfect spot to let your dog roam free, or to get the best grooming or dog toy around. Here’s a list of dog parks, dog-friendly hiking trails and pet stores/boutiques in and around Menlo Park.


Courtesy of BringFido.com


Bayfront Park – Menlo Park

You and your on-leash pet will love this park’s mix of easy and challenging trails that feature beautiful views of the bay. 

Nealon Park – Menlo Park

Pets are welcome to play off-leash in the baseball field at Nealon Park from 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Willow Oaks Dog Park – Menlo Park

Small and large dogs share the space in the enclosed dog park at Willow Oaks. The park features a double-gate entrance and grass coverage, as well as an enclosed children’s play area and tennis courts.

Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve – Redwood City

Take your pet for an on-leash hike throughout this large, lovely nature preserve, or let them run free in the designated off-leash area. Be careful, though, there’s no fence.

Shore Dogs Park – Redwood City

This is a completely fenced, off-leash dog park with a double-gated entrance and separate areas for large and small dogs. Benches, drinking water for dogs and doggie waste bags/dispensers are available.

Stafford Park – Redwood City

Play a game of Frisbee on the well-kept lawn or simply take a stroll. Pets are welcome to join you on-leash in the designated areas of this park.

Baylands Nature Preserve – Palo Alto

Take your dog on-leash (unless posted otherwise) throughout this 1,940-acre preserve – one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay.

Foothill Park – Palo Alto

Bring your pet with you to play on-leash at this wonderful public park. Note: Pets are welcome on weekdays only.

Hoover Dog Park – Palo Alto

Pets are welcome to play off-leash at this dog park, which includes drinking water, trees, gravel, and a separate area for small dogs.

Mitchell Park – Palo Alto

If you’d like to play with your dog off-leash, venture toward the south side of the park behind Spangler School.

Pearson Arastradero Preserve – Palo Alto

Bring your pet on-leash as you hit the trails of this beautiful preservation area.



The Pet Place – Menlo Park

Owned by lifelong Menlo Park residents Lynn and Marc Macy, The Pet Place is a top-rated, award-winning, local and independent, full-line pet supply store. It features a broad stock of supplies for dogs, cats and more, plus weekend pet adoptions.

Bow Wow Meow – Menlo Park

With locations in Menlo Park, San Carlos and San Francisco, Bow Wow Meow is a pet specialties store that offers everything from kibble to cashmere, plus grooming, training and adoption clinics.

Unleashed by Petco – Menlo Park

Shop for high-quality, wag-worthy dog and cat food, toys and services at this full-service store, which also includes a self-service dog wash.


PetsSharon Green Team