Great chance to get out there and check out a new park if the fee was holding you back before!
Here are the places on this list that allow dogs on some trails, a few allow dogs on all trails. Some that I searched on the linked article didn’t say anything about dogs.
Henry Cowell –Pipeline Road Trail –6 mile out and back. Though it is a paved path, it has a pretty steep climb mid point with amazing views for reward, as well as some older Redwoods. Also has a tiny “old timey” train town where dogs are allowed, plenty of tables to eat at with your dog, and I see people playing with their dogs in the open field every time I go here. Also has a couple small trails.
Jug Handle State Natural Reserve– Beautiful coastal hike on bluffs and a beach. Dogs on leash, not allowed inland past the east bridge
Mendocino Headlands State Park –Dogss allowed on all trails. The Headlands Trail, two to five miles round trip, goes from the downtown Mendocino historic district to Big River Beach, where the Big River empties into Mendocino Bay. Dogs allowed on beach
Russian Gulch State Park- Dogs allowed on Bluff Trails and beach , not inland trails
Samuel P. Taylor State Park — Cross Marin Trail 3.5 miles long in the park, have to do out and back with a dog.
Garrapata State Park -Dogs allowed on Garrapate Beach
Jack London State Historical Place – Dogs allowed one 1.2 mile Wolf Ruins loop,and around historical buildings, but not inside.
Benbow Lake SRA – Dogs allowed on leash on trails.
Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area -Just Says On leash, not familiar with this park, looks small.
Smithe Redwoods SNR — Dogs allowed –Smithe Redwoods State Reserve Waterfalls trail
Kruse Rhododendron SNR – Dogs Allowed on Trails
Navarro River Redwoods SP – Just says Dogs allowed and must be under physical control at all times.. from what I’ve read on trails sites, dogs are allowed on trails and on beach, but you might want to call first.
Van Damme State Park – Dogs permitted on Some trails
Calaveras Big Trees State Parks – Dogs allowed on fire roads, and there are tons of fire roads in this State Park, that are beautifully lined with big trees, some good views too.
Not on list
MacKerricher State Park – MacKerricher State Park, just north of Ft. Bragg, provides miles and miles of on-leash walking around Cleone Lake, a tidal lagoon, or Ten Mile Beach Trail, including a long boardwalk to Laguna Point..