Off-Leash Dog Parks
We make a disclaimer that neither dog park in Santa Clarita Valley is in very good shape for the pets or owners. The biggest and only real benefit of visiting these parks is to legally allow your dog to socialize off leash. We recommend visiting many of Santa Clarita's other leashed parks due to the excellent maintenance, much better shading, regular dog walkers and much better overall facilities. Note: We are not suggesting going off leash at leash required parks.
Central Bark is located pretty much in the heart of Santa Clarita Valley within the city's Central Park. It is hidden toward the back corner (see map below), but is a fun little dog park. There are two sides, a small dogs only and then an all dogs (or large dogs). The shade for owners and pets can be limited so the best times of day to visit are typically 7-10 am and then again from 5-8 pm when temperatures are cooler. The socialization your dog will receive is wonderful as there generally is a good size group of visitors with a variety of dog breeds. There are bowls provided next to the water line also. One note about this park is that there is no grass, so plan for your pup to get a bit dirty most likely and need a bath afterward.
Canine Country Off Leash isn't far from Central Bark actually. CCOL is much easier to find in its' respective park than Central Bark. Drive to the end of Centre Pointe (Ruether) and you'll run into the cul de sac in front of the dog park. There is almost no shade here at all, so pick your days and times to visit well to get the most out of your trip. The shade for owners and pets can be limited so the best times of day to visit are typically 7-10 am and then again from 5-8 pm when temperatures are cooler. There are two sections, a small dogs and an all dogs (or large dogs.) This dog park has far less foot traffic in general. There is no grass here also, so most likely prepare for your dog to be a mud ball afterward.