National Parks With Hiking
Antietam National Battlefield
Dogs are allowed on the trails across the battlefield
Assateague Island National Seashore
Dogs are allowed on the beach but not on the trails
Catoctin Mountain Park
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park
Dogs are allowed everywhere in this park
Monocacy National Battlefield
Dogs are allowed on the trails on the battlefield
State Parks With Hiking
Several of the Maryland state parks restrict dogs to certain areas. The following parks do not allow dogs: Assateague, Calvert Cliffs, Cunningham Falls (except in the wildlands areas), Deep Creek Lake, Fort Frederick State Park, Greenbrier, Herrington Manor, Martinak, Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, New Germany, the beach and trails at Point Lookout, Sandy Point, Smallwood, Swallow Falls (Memorial Day to Labor Day), Washington Monument
Big Run State Park
Cedarville State Forest
Dans Mountain State Park
Elk Neck State Park
Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area
Gambrill State Park
Garrett State Forest
Gathland State Park
Green Ridge State Forest
Greenwell State Park
Gunpowder Falls State Park
Janes Island State Park
Monacacy River Natural Resources Management Area
Morgan Run Natural
North Point State Park
Patapsco Valley State Park
(no dogs in day use)
Patuxent River State Park
Pocomoke River State Forest
Pocomoke River State Park
Potomac State Forest
Purse State Park
Rocks State Park
Rocky Gap State Park
Rosaryville State Park
Savage River State Forest
Seneca Creek State Park
(no dogs at Clopper)
Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area
South Mountain State Park
St. Mary's River State Park
Susquehanna State Park
Tuckahoe State Park
Share A Favorite Hike With Your Dog In Maryland
Your Dog's Favorite Hikes In Maryland
Submitted by Karl and Soapy
At Antietam National Battlefield, try the Snavely's Ford trail. Well maintained but empty even on a very busy day (140th battle anniversay commemoration weekend, Sep 2002). 2.5-mile loop is at extreme southern end of battlefield; start from Burnside Bridge/Georgians' Overlook parking. Easy walk follows Antietam Creek downstream from Burnside bridge before paralleling the route of the final Union advance back to the parking area. Trail is forested/shady with paw-friendly dirt or grass walking surface most of the way. Benches at several points along the way.
Submitted by Sharon
Travelers may want to take a day to stop at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Maryland. There is hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, children play areas, gated dog play areas for both big and small dogs. But, most important of all, there is a dog beach and there is a nice rinse off station to rinse your pooch after a rewarding swim in the South River! All of this for a $5.00 entrance fee to the park. So, grab a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
Submitted by Lucy and Yoda
Thank you so much for your books! I found the Ten Best Places near Baltimore list on line, and it changed our lives (Yoda and me and the rest of the family). We live near Robert E. Lee Park, but only knew about the peninsula at the south end, not the trail! Now all I have to do is say "Yoda - park!" and we are ready to go for a nice, long off-leash walk only 6 minutes from the house. Today Yoda, the kids, and I went to the beach below the bridge, and had a great morning in the water.
Sumbitted by Areti
Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Maryland
It offers two large fenced in areas for small/large dogs and a private dog beach.
Entry to the park is $5 per car or $25 per season.
Sumbitted by Ken
Just wanted to let you know that there are two beaches in Anne Arundel County Maryland that are for dogs only. They are Downs Park and Quite Waters Park. Both allow dogs to swim in the Chesapeake Bay. Quite Waters is also located near historic downtown Annapolis.
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