Maryland Has Gone to the Dogs
A Sampling of the State’s Dog-Friendly Sites
Ever feel guilty because you’re having a blast on vacation and Fido is stuck in a cramped kennel?
Now you have one less thing to worry about . . . because in Maryland you don’t have to leave your furry friend behind when you travel. Dogs are part of the family, so why not bring them along on your family vacation?
Marylanders are very receptive to pets. The state dog, the Chesapeake Bay retriever, was bred to recover waterfowl for hunters and is one of only a few breeds actually developed in the United States.
A space to stretch tired paws is even provided at all 13 of the state’s welcome centers.
So pack your pup and head to Maryland, where there’s always something to bark about and pets and owners alike will have a great time.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. The sites listed below are only a sampling of Maryland’s many pet-friendly destinations and accommodations. Please note that in many of the public places, a leash is required.
For more information about any aspect of travel in Maryland, the public may call 800-719-5900 or visit the state’s tourism website, www.visitmaryland.org.
Canal Place Heritage Area
13 Canal Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-722-8226 (C&O Canal) / 301-724-3655 (CPHA)
www.nps.gov/choh and www.canalplace.org
Explore the western terminus of the C&O Canal. The 184.5-mile canal was completed in Cumberland and opened on October 10, 1850. Original structures including locks, lockhouses and aqueducts serve as reminders of the canal’s role as a transportation system. The area offers canal boat tours, scenic railroad excursions aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, dining and shopping.
Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort
16701 Lakeview Dr NE
Flintstone, MD 21530
Enjoy a mountain adventure with your family. The resort features a spa and Maryland’s only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Guests are offered VIP (Very Important Pet) rooms, and dogs are given their own welcome basket filled with treats for both pet and owner. Dogs also have a special pet-friendly walking area featuring a “doggie” fire hydrant.
Garrett County has gone to great strides to ensure a wonderful four-season vacation for you and your pet. Many state parks allow dogs, including Deep Creek Lake and Swallow Falls state parks. Your family can even play a round of miniature golf, go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, snow shoeing and canoeing, all with your furry friend. For more information, contact the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 301-387-2050 or www.garrettchamber.com.
Railey Mountain Lake Vacations
5 Vacation Way
McHenry, MD 21541
Plenty of Railey vacation homes are dog-friendly. When looking through their brochure, just look for the pet symbol. Once there, your pet will receive his or her very own goody bag that includes a bone, accident bags and collar tag with the rental property information on it. Please note that you are bringing your pet when making a reservation.
Savage River Lodge
1600 Mt. Aetna Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Escape from daily life for an unforgettable getaway. Bodhi, the lovable yellow lab lodge dog, greets visitors. Four-legged guests get to participate in their very own “yappy hour.” Bodhi even markets his own dog biscuits and beer. Please note that you are bringing your pet when making a reservation.
Yellow Snow Dog Sled Adventures
P.O. Box 2163
Oakland, MD 21550
Take a ride or tour with experienced guides and a dog-sled team. Choose to mush your own sled on an afternoon tour or be a passenger for a fun hour-long ride in the woods. They even offer a “Bring Your Own Dog” tour that involves people who have sled dogs and are in the process of training them to pull with Yellow Snow’s dogs.
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
901 Dual Highway
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Explore the wonders of Washington County while staying at the Clarion, which offers its own pampered pet program.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort
16519 Lappens Road
Williamsport, MD 21795
Enjoy year-round family fun on more than 90 acres. There are 182 camping sites ranging from cabins to sites for RV hook-ups.
12610 Eveland Road
Ridgely, MD 21660
Enjoy the peace and tranquility on this 400-acre arboretum with four miles of native meadow and woodland plants.
Elk Neck State Park
4395 Turkey Point Road
North East, MD 21901
Admire the sandy beaches and marshlands and savor the view from the wooded bluffs at the top of the Chesapeake Bay. Take a stroll to the historic Turkey Point Lighthouse.
Sinking Spring Herb Farm
234 Blair Shore Road, Entrance:
843 Elk Forest Road
Elkton, MD 21921
Take a guided garden tour on a 130-acre historic farm featuring a Colonial log house and a bed & breakfast garden cottage.
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
1730 Eastern Neck Road
Rock Hall, MD 21661
Explore this island known for migratory waterfowl, butterflies and tundra swans. It’s also home to 234 species of birds, including nesting bald eagles, osprey and the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel.
Queen Anne’s County
Island Dog Park
Queen Anne’s County Public Dog Park
200 White Pine Lane
Stevensville, MD 21666
Located at the Cross Island Trail, the dog park features fenced off-leash play areas, a picnic area and available water.
Smith Island Cruises
4065 Smith Island Road
Smith Island, MD 21824
Enjoy a relaxing cruise to Smith Island aboard the Captain Tyler. Smith Island is Maryland’s only inhabited land accessible only by boat.
Flying Fred’s Gifts for Pets
202 North Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Named after the owner’s adorable Jack Russell terrier, this unique pet boutique offers accessories and gifts for both humans and dogs. Talbot Street boasts a wonderful array of shops, many with water bowls outside the doorways for thirsty pets.
Five Gables Inn & Spa
209 North Talbot Street
St. Michaels. MD 21663
Four-legged guests have plenty of room to play along the Chesapeake Bay! A dog-friendly package includes accommodations with a dog bed, water bowl and doggie gift bag.
The Inn at Perry Cabin
308 Watkins Lane
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Savor a stay at this luxurious waterfront manor house resort. Upon request, four-legged guests can have a special canine menu prepared by the inn’s award-winning chef. In addition, pets receive a welcome pack that includes a dog biscuit, local vet info and a map of area walking trails.
Jake’s Pet Boutique
21 Goldsborough Street
Easton, MD 21601
Located in pet-friendly Easton, this unique boutique offers a variety of products for the pet lover.
Wicomico County’s hotels go out of their way to make sure your four-legged friend has a “paw-fectly” good time. The dog-friendly hotels include America’s Best Value Inn, Best Western Salisbury Plaza, Comfort Inn, Days Inn of Salisbury, Residence Inn by Marriott and the Super 8 Motel. For more information contact the Wicomico County Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau at www.wicomicotourism.org.
Assateague Island National Seashore
7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811
Discover this 37-mile long barrier island famous for its beautiful beaches, wild ponies and abundant birds. Camping is on both ocean and bay sides of the island and nature trails.
The Dogtel Hotel
12006 Ocean Gateway
West Ocean City, MD 21842
Imagine a luxury hotel just for your pet! While you’re having fun in the sun, your dog can have meals prepared by a gourmet cook, play in an outdoor exercise yard, go for indoor and outdoor runs, and have optional daily walks and exercise periods. The hotel is an ABKA member with certified pet technicians and vets on call. (By the way, if you decide to take your dog off hotel grounds and into Ocean City, note that leashed dogs are allowed on the town’s boardwalk October 1 through April 30.)
Perfect Paws Grooming
16-D South Main Street
Berlin, MD 21811
Along with certified professional grooming, Pampered Paws also feature gourmet treats, pet jewelry, pet clothes and collars.
Anne Arundel County
Canine Fitness Center
1353 Generals Highway
Crownsville, MD 21032
The center provides a wide variety of services and products (such as aqua exercise, acupuncture, massage and fitness) geared towards improving and maintaining the health of your canine companion.
Loews Annapolis Hotel
126 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Explore historic Annapolis with your pet. The “Loews Loves Pets” package includes a room service pet menu, pet welcome note, monogrammed bag, pet mat, doggie treats and a pet information sheet. The SPCA of Anne Arundel County receives 5% of the room revenue.
Quiet Waters Dog Park
600 Quiet Waters Park Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
The first dog park in Anne Arundel County, Quiet Waters offers dogs the opportunity to play on one-acre surrounded by a six foot high chain-link fence. The park also offers a dog beach where dogs are encouraged to swim in the waters.
Paws Pet Boutique
64 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
Treat your pet to colorful collars and leashes, gourmet pet treats, hand-painted bowls and placemats, and clothing (for owners, too!).
Presidential Pet Museum
1102 Wrighton Road
Lothian, MD 20711
www.presidentialpetmuseum.com You can’t bring pets inside, but this museum is worth a mention because it highlights past and current White House pets with displays of more than 1,500 items.
Woofs & Whiskers
103 Annapolis Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Bring your furry friends along for a treat you’ll both enjoy at the boutique with a “pawsitive” attitude!
Canton Dog Park
Baltimore, MD 21224
Canton’s Dog Park, Baltimore’s sole fenced canine-devoted park, is a place where dogs can safely romp around without a leash.
4915 Greenspring Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
This 207-acre estate has gardens, trails, and a hands-on nature and bird museum. The trails are especially popular with dogs!
Dudley & Max
1635 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Bring in your dog as you shop around for everything dog-related. They sell pet clothing, homemade dog treats, toys and much more.
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
End of East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
Explore the fort where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the successful defense against the British during the War of 1812. Leashed pets are allowed outside of the historic zone, an area enclosed by a split-rail fence and including and surrounding the historic Star Fort.
Harbor Magic Hotels
Pier 5 Hotel
711 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202, 410-539-4162
120 E. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, 410-625-1300
Admiral Fell Inn
888 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231, 410-522-7377
All three hotels are pet friendly! Stay at three distinctive properties in and around Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor.
Oregon Ridge Nature Center and Park
13555 Beaver Dam Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Several forested trails wind through this 1,100-acre park featuring wildflowers, birds, animals, a wildlife management pond, an archaeology site, marble quarries and iron ore pits.
Hashawha Environmental Center
300 John Owings Road
Westminster, MD 21158
Hashawha has walking trails filled with wildlife and a natural habitat on 340 acres. It also features an environmental center, where visitors can learn more about the area through exhibits.
Piney Run Park
30 Martz Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
The park has a 300-acre lake surrounded by 500 acres of woods and meadows. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, fishing, picnicking and boating.
220 N. Washington Street
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Surprise your pet with all-natural treats made with human grade ingredients. All treats are registered with the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Susquehanna State Park
Off Route 155
Havre de Grace, MD 21084
Known for its towering rock formations and lush forest, this park offers a variety of outdoor activities ranging from mountain biking, boating, fishing and hiking. There are also numerous historical attractions located throughout the park. Pets on a leash are allowed in all areas of the park except for the picnic areas, historic area and cabins.
The Yuppy Puppy Pet Boutique
8120 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
This unique boutique carries upscale pet paraphernalia and innovative gifts for pet lovers. Reflect the personality of your pet in stylish accessories or compliment your home décor with an innovative gift item.
Annmarie Garden on St. John
Solomons, MD 20678
Located along St. John Creek, this public sculpture park operates in association with the Smithsonian Institute. It features outdoor artwork in the peaceful setting of a forest garden.
Flag Ponds Nature Park
N. Solomons Island Road
Lusby, MD 20657
Explore forested uplands, wetlands and beach habitats on this 463-acre park on three miles of trails. Don’t miss the wonderful opportunities to collect fossils and shark teeth along the Chesapeake Bay shoreline.
Turkey Hill Dog Park
9430 Turkey Hill Road
La Plata, MD 20646
White Plains Dog Park
1015 St. Charles Parkway
White Plains, MD 20695
Charles County is home to two wonderful dog parks. These public off-leash areas allow for a safe, legal area for dogs to run, play and socialize. Picnic pavilions and benches are offered so owners can enjoy the park as well. Plastic pickup bags are provided by the park. For more information, contact the Charles County Government at 301-932-3440 or www.charlescounty.org.
C&O Canal National Historic Park in Potomac
11710 MacArthur Blvd.
Potomac, MD 20854
For outdoor adventure with a sprinkling of history, visit the C&O Canal National Historical Park in Potomac. The canal, which began construction in 1828, transported goods between Georgetown in Washington, D.C. and Cumberland, Maryland. It enjoyed 74 years of operation and stands today as a commemoration of America’s past waterways. Enjoy the breathtaking view of Great Falls, located just paces away from the canal along the Potomac River. Hike the numerous trails the park offers and enjoy rare glimpses of wildlife unique to the area.
Prince George’s County
Patuxent Research Refuge & National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708
Established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, Patuxent Research Refuge was America’s first and only refuge devoted to support wildlife research. The refuge has 12,750 acres of forest, meadow and wetland habitats. They offer state-of-the-art wildlife exhibits, seasonal tram tours, educational and interpretive programs, and numerous hiking trails. Dogs are permitted on the trails but must be kept on a leash no longer than 10 feet and must be under control at all times.