If you’re traveling with your pup, make the most of your trip by checking out our dog friendly resource guide. Whether you’re looking for a place to grab a bite to eat, an adventurous hike, or the best spots for you and your dog to take a relaxing swim, Nevada County has plenty to offer! Plus the Inn Town Campground is a dog friendly place to camp.
Top 5 Dog Friendly Hikes
Top 5 Hiking Spots
Nevada County is well known for its abundance of outdoor adventures, and if you are in the area, the trails of historic Nevada County are a must see! Here we have highlighted five of the best dog friendly hiking spots in the area.
Empire Mine State Historic Park: Located in historic Grass Valley, Empire Mine State Park includes 14 miles of trails, open year round for hiking, walking your dog, or enjoying a horse or bike ride.
Buttermilk Bend Trail: This trail allows dogs on leashes. Buttermilk Bend Trail begins near Penn Valley, winding a little over a mile up the South Yuba River. Be sure to come in the Spring time to see the spectacular Spring wildflowers!
Independence Trail: The first ever wheelchair accessible trail in the country was unfortunately damaged in the Jones Fire. You can still hike the East Bound trail, great easy walk for the whole family.
Point Defiance Trail: This 2.5mile loop located near Bridgeport with access to a lake is the perfect way to get some exercise and then take a refreshing swim with your pup.
Deer Creek Tribute Trail: If you’re looking for a quick trip into nature, check out the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. Located right in historic Nevada City, this trail features a suspension bridge, which spans a portion of Deer Creek. And yes, dogs are welcome here!
Dog Friendly Restaurants
Outdoor Eating Options in Nevada City & Grass Valley
Top 5 Dog Friendly Restaurants
Whether you are setting off on your adventures for the day, or ready to wind down, a delicious, relaxing meal is sure to keep you going in the right direction. We’ve taken the stress out of dining with your pet by listing five of the wonderful places to eat out while in Nevada County. Bon appetit!
Cosmic Roots Market: Situated right in downtown Nevada City, Cosmic Roots Market is the perfect place to grab a coffee or a healthy bite to eat. The patio behind the market is a great dog friendly option.
Pine Street Burgers: Located in historic Grass Valley, Pine Street Burgers offers a lovely, casual dining experience. With an extensive menu of all natural burgers, fries, hot dogs, wraps, and shakes, you will certainly find something to satisfy your hunger! A small patio out front welcomes four legged friends, of course.
California Organics: The patio outside during the summer season is a great option for you and your dog. The Vegan Power Salad or Black Blue Burger are two of my favorites (definitely try the curry coleslaw).
The Ham Stand/Fudenjuce: Two different take out options, but an expanded patio gives you and your dog more choices if you want a smoothie or a gourmet sandwich.
Additional options in Nevada City & Grass Valley
Spring Street Market
Beach Hut Deli
Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro
Lika’s Quarter Cafe
Grass Valley Brewery Tap Room
Dog Friendly Activities
in Nevada City & Grass Valley
- Dogs Run Free Dog Park in Condon Park in Grass Valley, check our their Facebook page for more photos.
- Western Gateway Dog Park in Penn Valley
Photos by Erin Thiem, Lenkaland Photography, Sandy Boyd and Bob White
The Inn Town Campground is a dog friendly campground, you can find more information online about our pet policies. Stop by the camp store for your doggie treat, Dogipot bags available, find all four locations through out the campground.