North County

Community Park (Poway) - Designated area in the southwest portion of Poway Community Park, south of Civic Center Drive and west of Bowron Road.  

These parks allow off-leash dogs. All other local parks require dogs to be on leash. Some cities (Carlsbad, Escondido) do not permit any dogs in parks!  

San Diego (Coastal)

Centennial Park & Tidelands Park 

Mission Trails Regional Park (Allied Gardens / Santee) - Technically, dogs are not allowed off-leash in this park. Huge park with many features, accessible from Allied Gardens and Santee. Try Kumeyaay Lake (formerly Hollins Lake), Old Mission Dam, or Cowles Mt. for starters. Watch for wildlife (coyotes, deer, etc.)! Be careful of rattlesnakes and ticks.  

Balboa Park -  The sunset side of Laurel Street; the west end of Grape Street, adjacent to the municipal golf course; and the area southwest of Morley Field tennis courts. Three designated areas: 1) west end of Grape Street next to the municipal golf course, 2) an area south west of Morley Field tennis courts, and 3) an area at the west end of Laurel Street.  

Morley Field: Behind the tennis club at the Florida Canyon trailheads in Balboa Park. Unfenced, no water available. Plenty of shade and grass. 

Mt. Acadia Park (Clairemont) - Mt. Acadia Dr. near Mt. Ararat, Clairemont.  

Technically, dogs are not allowed off-leash in this park. 

Nice fenced fields where informal dog play groups meet.  

Presidio Park (Downtown)

Old Town State Historic Park (Old Town) -  The park is located on San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street
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Marian Bear Memorial Park (San Diego) -  Genesee Ave. and Hwy. 52, or Clairemont Mesa Blvd. and Hwy. 52., San Diego.  

Technically, dogs are not allowed off-leash in this park. 

Great hiking alongside a stream, under cottonwoods and sycamores. Lots of poison oak, so be careful! Despite nearness to the freeway, a quiet and peaceful hike. Lots of strategically-placed benches. Water available at Genesee Ave. restrooms.  

Otay Ranch Center

Tecolote Canyon (San Diego) -  Can be accessed from many areas-check a Thomas Brothers map. Some points of access are a parking lot on Boyd Ave. off of Genesee near Fox Run, the end of Via Carancho off of Mt. Acadia, a small space on the roadside across from the Tecolote Golf Course on Mt. Acadia, Standley Park in University City, and the visitor's center at the end of Tecolote Canyon Rd.  

Technically, dogs are not allowed off-leash in this park. Another really sprawling park, mostly in Clairemont. Lots of nice trails. Watch for rattlesnakes, poison oak, and ticks.  

San Diego (Inland)

Harry Griffen Park (La Mesa) -  In back of Grossmont High School in La Mesa, off Water Ave.  

 Technically, dogs are not allowed off-leash in this park. 

Large, grassy park with a nice jogging path. Very strict about dogs being on-leash-patrolling rangers.  

Lake Murray (La Mesa) -  
Lake Murray Blvd. and Kiowa Dr., La Mesa.  

Technically, dogs are not allowed off-leash in this park. 

Don't take water dogs here- they can't go within 50 feet of the water! But lots of fun trails for landlubbers.