Hike With Your Dog

the site where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail


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

Greenbelt Park
Dogs are allowed everywhere in this park

Monocacy National Battlefield
Dogs are allowed on the trails on the battlefield

State Parks With Hiking
Maryland State Parks
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
Environmental Area

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-Garrett State Forest

Purse State Park

Rocks State Park

Rocky Gap State Park

Rosaryville State Park

Savage River State Forest

Seneca Creek State Park

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.

Submitted 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.

Submitted 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.

Submitted by Tammy and June
Please update your info on maryland state parks. As of april 1,2010 dogs are allowed! We have been volunteer camphosts at Greenbrier, and we have stayed in Ft Frederick. They are VERY dog friendly. They are only denied access to swimming areas. The trails are awesome, and from oct 1st til april 1st the dogs can even enjoy the lake at Greenbrier. Hope this helps some of our pooch pals.


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