Walking along the beach
Shea playing fetch at Terrapin
Walking along the beach
Walking along the beach
Shea playing fetch at Terrapin


This hidden gem of a park has unlikely access through an industrial/business area. The entrance is gained off Log Canoe Circle. Park in the parking lot and follow the trail. The trail winds around the 270-acre nature park through woodlands, marsh, and tidal ponds. Take one of the side trails off to the left to get to the beach that runs along the shore of the Chesapeake that allows dogs on a leash. The views of the Bay are great and the surroundings tranquil. The beach isn't huge, but Rover will love the romp.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Terrapin Nature Park has received a rating of 3.3 out of 5 bones by 8 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Jul. 09, 2018
    Fun Day

    I am a newbie pet owner and wanted to have a nice day out with Fido. The main feature of our trip was taking a bike ride using our new pet bike trailer. We took the Cross Island Trail but before doing so, rode around the park. The only bad part is that the trail is like a crushed gravel and turns to sand near the beach. You have to get off and walk your bike a few hundred yards to where it continues again. This was very hard to do with a trailer in tow.

    After our venture and lunch, we returned to the beach to play and rest until our return home. Thankfully having the bike, we ventured to a further point that was a bit less crowded than the first few entry points. My theory is that most people walking have covered quite a bit of ground and are not likely to want to haul their stuff further along than they have to. It was a perfectly beautiful day. There are rocks and branches strewn about but that is the point of nature and it is not a meticulous beach but perfect and much closer to home. It is also free! But I would be reluctant to come back if just on foot without having a wagon or other means to schlep your stuff.

    A fun and memorable day!

  • Jun. 26, 2018

    We have been taking our dog there for the last year or two. This year he got an eye infection from the bacteria in the water :( I reported it and they said they would have the water checked. Too bad, we love it there.

  • More than one year ago.
    Fun day at the beach

    Today, we spent 5 hours at the beach with our two dogs. The average review and several negative comments, almost deterred us from going here, but we had a blast. The beach is very well maintained, with nice sand, plenty of trash bins and plenty of space for parking in the complex and on the street outside of it.

    The dog beach is at the end of the long beach. Go all the way down the trail till you get to a small bridge over a creek. The beach is between few dark stones on one side, and dark concrete blocks on the other, marking the start of the fishing section. If you want to use your phone map you can enter these coordinates 38.9894679, -76.330131. Enjoy :)

  • More than one year ago.

    Our dogs were covered in ticks when we got home!

  • More than one year ago.
    Terrapin dog beach

    We had fun with our Newfie! Beautiful day! He had the whole beach to himself since we got there early!

  • More than one year ago.
    Really dirty

    Beach was littered with garbage, including hypodermic needles. The walking trails are nice though. Parking lot can get full.

  • More than one year ago.
    nice spot

    Quiet and an out of way location. Allows water access for your dog without having to be at a dog park

  • More than one year ago.

    NEW THIS YEAR, PARKING PERMITS ARE REQUIRED TO PARK AT ANY QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY PARKS : http://www.parksnrec.org/hiker-biker-trails/beach-permit/

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