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Bernal Heights: San Francisco off-leash dog park

Chloe and friend at the Bernal Heights dog park

I had heard good things about the Bernal Heights dog park, but nothing could have prepared me for its outrageous, gorgeous views of the City by the Bay (this iPhone picture does not do it justice — from where I was standing when I took it, you can see the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge, then turn around and see the rest of the city).

Bernal Hill is a former quarry, and although at this time of year it has lots of grass and wildflowers, you’re not here for the flora. You may not be here for the fauna either — it’s a popular place for dogs of all sizes, and Chloe was a bit overwhelmed at times. The views make up for any defects, however, and I have to admit that all of the dogs we saw seemed to be deliriously happy.

Poop bags are available at both of the main entrances — one at the intersection of Folsom St. and Bernal Heights Blvd., and the other at the end of Bernal Heights Blvd. The park is huge (some 39 acres) and criss-crossed with paved and unpaved paths. Be sure your dog has a good recall command, however, since there are no fences.

Bernal Heights Dog Park
Bernal Heights Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94110


  • Michele

    I love that they have poop bags available. One problem I find with a lot of dog parks, and parks in general is that there is no place to dispose of waste. Having trash cans and poop bags are essential. Sounds like a lovely place.

  • Rod@GoPetFriendly

    I think finding (and reporting on) dog parks is a fun activity when traveling. In this case, it seems everyone won. Chloe got some exercise and you got to sight-see. Plus it IS San Francisco, after all!

  • Hi, Garrett! What great pictures!! Thanks so much for the photo access and the VIP offer — we’ll certainly be back, and would love to meet you guys!

  • Neighbor

    This is not a “Dog park” This is a Recreation Park where dogs are tolerated off-leash — if they behave. I wish Dog owners were cognizant of that.

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