Dog Lover’s Journey to Big Bear


Big Bear, California is a fun and exciting destination to visit any time of year, but it’s made that much better when you’re able to head into town with your canine companion at your side. This pet-friendly destination offers up several opportunities for getting out and exploring with your four-legged friend. There’s no need to leave pets behind when you’re headed towards Big Bear. This is a city that’s just as happy to have humans as animals come in and see what it’s all about! When you’re planning a trip, make sure to add these locations to your itinerary for a great experience for you and your dog.

Day 1: Bark Park

When it’s been a leashed-up kind of day exploring the city, let your dog run free with a stop at Bark Park. This Park Avenue destination is a dream for dogs looking to mix and mingle with other canines or just need a place to stretch their legs for a while. The Bark Park is a fenced-in play space that is separated for big and small dogs. It includes plenty of jumps and tunnels as well as green space and sand to keep canines engaged and entertained. Several benches are scattered around for human counterparts to take a seat and enjoy seeing their dogs make the most of a sunny afternoon.

Bark Park

41220 Park Avenue

Big Bear Lake, California 92315

(909) 866-9700

Day 2: Pine Knot Trail

Big Bear Lake, California is famous for its beautiful hiking trails and there’s no better Big Bear dog-friendly trek than a trip on Pine Knot Trail. Covering over 6-miles of ground, this trail is pristine and offers up several incredible views along the way. Lined with towering trees, filled with wildlife and providing lake stops along the way, there will be plenty of scenic beauty for you and your canine companion to enjoy. The gradual incline and elevation changes make this a moderately difficult trail that is fairly busy mid-day. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash to enjoy this path alongside other human and canine explorers.

Pine Knot Trail

Big Bear Discovery Center

40971 North Shore Drive

Fawnskin, California 92333

(909) 866-3437

Day 3: 572 Social Kitchen and Lounge

There’s no better way to end a day in Big Bear Lake than on a savory note. A stop at Big Bear dog friendly 572 Social Kitchen and Lounge is sure to please the palate and provides a beautiful patio for seating options that are open to dogs as well. Come for cocktails around the firepit with twinkling bistro lights dancing above your head or enjoy a more robust meal that includes pasta primavera or filet mignon. 572 Social Kitchen and Lounge regularly hosts live musical entertainment and markets itself as a social venue where guests are encouraged to mix and mingle.

572 Social Kitchen and Lounge

572 Pine Knot Avenue

Big Bear Lake, California 92315

(909) 878-0307

A Big Bear Pet Friendly Stay

When you’re headed to Big Bear with your pet, be sure to let the team at Big Bear Vacations find you the perfect, Big Bear pet friendly home to call your own while you’re here. Many of our properties come equipped with the extras you’ll need to make for a comfortable and convenient stay. Don’t stress about the details. Let us take care of it so you can focus on the fun. Contact us today for more information and to begin planning your next trip!

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