If you have a dog and are looking for dog friendly pathways to walk your dog, then this article is for you! We have compiled a list of the top 10 dog friendly pathways in Sandpoint Idaho . If your dog enjoys walking with their fur-siblings or just likes to explore new places, then these paths are perfect.

1. Pend d’Oreille Bay “POB” Trail

This is one of our favorite walks in the Sandpoint area when we want to get out and about, enjoy the lake, and forests of the Sandpoint area! This whole trail goes along our amazing Lake Pend D’Oreille for 1.5 miles there, and 1.5 miles back.

The grade is nearly non-existent, making it an easy walk all year round! Even with snow on the ground.

This is also one of the few trails in the area that allow for dogs to go off-leash, making it a great experience if you want a safe place to take your pets where they can run free.

Trailhead Address: Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, Ponderay, ID 83852

2. Dover Bay

While Dover Bay asks you to keep your dogs on a leash, there isn’t a cooler place to go walk your dogs in the area. Dover Bay is full of amazing scenery, wildlife, and picturesque homes on the lake.

The main trail starts at the parking lot to the Dover Bay beach, and then moves along Pend d’Oreille River, and then across a boardwalk. You can then walk along a road for a bit, and find yourself on another pathway that takes you behind some nice homes bordering an inlet from the river.

Dover Bay is also home to Balto Dog trail, which is a small trail off the beach that takes you down to a dock where your dogs can go for a quick swim.

Trailhead Address: 659 Lakeshore Avenue, Sandpoint, ID 83864

3. Sandcreek Trail

If you don’t want to deal with dirt, gravel or any of the other parts of nature, but want an awesome walk along some waterside, then the Sandcreek Trail near Sandpoint City Beach is a great way to go.

This is a part of the bike path, and is completely paved! You get a chance to walk along Sandcreek, past the other side of the Cedar Street Bridge, and all the way to the bypass. While this is where most people will turn around, you can actually continue to walk on this paved path, all the way in to the town of Ponderay if you wanted to.

This trail is dog friendly, however they do ask that you keep your dog on a leash for their time on this trail.

Trailhead Address: 102 Bridge Street Sandpoint, ID 83864

4. Pine Street Woods

If you really want to get out into nature, and enjoy what Sandpoint has to offer, the best place to do this is in the Pine Street Woods! This is tucked away into the forest on Pine Street, and offers mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing, and of course is an awesome place to walk your dogs.

Keeping the dogs on the leash is important, but results in a great experience getting to enjoy nature.

Trailhead Address: 11915 W Pine St, Sandpoint, ID 83864

5. Long Bridge Pedestrian Bridge

If you are looking to get some amazing views of the lake, then there is no better way to do it than by taking the Long Bridge Pedestrian Bridge. This pathway starts at the gas station right before the Long Bridge itself, and then moves along the highway until you find yourself out on the bridge.

Don’t want to go all the way onto the long bridge? You can cut it short and visit the only beach in the area that is dedicated to taking your dog. You can enjoy the sand, water and your dogs tucked away between the scenic train bridge and the new bypass.

Trailhead Address: 209 E Superior St Sandpoint, ID 83864

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed at Sandpoint City Beach?

At the moment, dogs are still now allowed as Sandpoint City Beach! However if you are wanting dog friendly options, there are plenty of other places in the area that have less people, and more space for your furry friend to run.

What should I keep in mind when walking my dog on dog friendly trails?

The main think you should be keeping in mind, is to always pick up after your dog. This keeps the trails clean, and fun for everyone involved!

Is it hard to walk dog friendly trails in the winter?

Most all of the dog friendly pathways in Sandpoint are very easy to utilize during the winter, as they do not have much grade to them, and many are even maintained (specifically the Sandcreek Trail).


I hope this article has been helpful in finding dog friendly pathways to walk your dog around Sandpoint Idaho. There are many dog friendly pathways throughout the area, and it’s important to know what rules apply to each trail. It is also helpful to know that you can walk dog friendly trails all year round! Even with snow on the ground.