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  • Writer's pictureVickie Foster

5 San Luis Obispo County Dog Parks You Need to Visit

Since you learned about dog park etiquette in our last blog article, you’re ready to take your dog out for some playtime. We have curated a list of dog parks in SLO County for you and your best friend to visit! Our list below outlines dog parks from North County and South County.

Heilmann Regional Park

9400 El Bordo Ave, Atascadero

This North County dog park could be your next hang-out spot! Not only does this park have ample space for your dog to run in (2/3 of an acre), but it also has two double-gated entries. It has a shade structure and plenty of shady oaks.

For thirsty dogs, it has water and a dog spa. Heilmann park also has tables, a patio, and an information kiosk.

For smaller, elderly, and timid dogs there is a separate small dog section. Heilmann holds special events throughout the year like doggie races, costume contests, and Dogtoberfest. This dog park has a rating of 4.6 stars on Google reviews. Visit their website here.

Vineyard Dog Park

1010 Semillon Lane, Templeton

This fenced, off-leash dog park is a full acre. It has separate big and small dog play areas.

Vineyard Dog Park is located on the west side of Templeton and has water, shade trees, tables, park benches, dog bag dispensers, dog toys, and a wading pool in the summer. The park is maintained by visitors' donations ($1 daily use fee).

At the end of the summer/swim season, the Vineyard Dog Park hosts Dog Splash Days in Templeton, where dog owners can bring their dogs for a swim in the community pool. This dog park has a rating of 4.6 stars on Google reviews. Visit their website here.

El Chorro Dog Park

Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo

Located within El Chorro Regional Park, across from Cuesta College, this is another great dog park. It has 2 fully fenced areas with wood chips, water stations, mutt mitts, doggie splash tubs, plus benches, and tables with lots of shade.

With 2 areas, it boasts 1.3 fenced acres for large dogs and ¼ acre for small dogs!

From April 1 to September 30 there is a $3 entry fee on weekends and holidays to El Chorro Regional Park. This dog park has a rating of 4.6 stars on Google reviews. Visit their website here.

Norma Rose Dog Park

Ocean Blvd and Studio Drive, Cayucos

If you and your pup are up for a scenic drive, Norma Rose Dog Park may be for you! This park is a 21-minute drive from San Luis Obispo to Cayucos.

Its amenities include a play area, tables, a security gate, and a Mutt Mitt dispenser.

Norma Rose Dog park is a leash-free park that is made up of a fenced area that is 7200 square feet. This park has no reviews on Google but has a review of 5 stars on Yelp. This park has no website but you can learn more here.

Nipomo Dog Park

904 W Tefft St, Nipomo

Rounding up our list is Nipomo Dog Park! It's located 28 minutes south of the 101 in Nipomo Community Park. This park has 2 acres of a fenced play area. It includes lots of shade and watering stations. Nipomo Dog Park has a rating of 4.6 stars on Google reviews.

While this park doesn't have a website you can still learn more here.

Before you go to one of the parks make sure to check out the park’s rules on their website so you and your dog can have a safe and smooth visit! We hope you enjoy visiting these parks as much as we enjoyed making this list for you.


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