Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Maryland

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Maryland. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Maryland that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Northside Park
Northside Park North Side Park is a beautiful park in Ocean City, MD, with dog-friendly walking trails throughout the park. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Pet Friendly Cylburn Arboretum
Cylburn Arboretum If you love your flowers & gardens and you love Fido, this is the place for you. Cylburn Arboretum has 207 acres of walking trails, grass pastures, many gardens, a mini museum, and a greenhouse. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the arboretum. Humans must clean up after their canine companions. See Details
Cromwell Valley Park This 380-acre park is a stream valley park comprised of pasture, cultivated gardens, open fields, woods, hedgerows, orchards and wooded piedmont hills. The diversity of this habitat makes it an excellent area for wildlife (such as the Red-tailed hawks, Great Horned owls, rabbits, deer mice, white-tailed deer, and red fox) which you can view on any of the seven pet-friendly hiking trails in the park. Please note that dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, in all areas of the park. See Details
Gunpowder Falls State Park One of Maryland's largest state parks, Gunpowder Falls State Park is dog-friendly! The State Park is comprised of over 18,000 acres ranging from tidal wetlands to steep and rugged slopes. It features more than 120 miles of multi-use trails, protected state Wildlands, historic sites and more. Leashed and curbed pets are welcome in all undeveloped areas, as well as in the Dundee Creek Marina area, and in the Hammerman area—except for the sandy portion of the swimming beach from Memorial Day Weekend until after Labor Day. Gunpowder Falls State Park is open from sunrise to sunset. Certain activities are permitted outside of regular park hours, such as fishing, boat launch, and hunting where permitted. Visitors should check with the park before their visit to ensure they can engage in the activity outside of posted hours. See Details
Sligo Creek Trail The Sligo Creek Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Silver Spring! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Sligo Creek Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Hashawha Environmental Center About 380 acres of multiple trails for hikers & leashed fidos alike. See Details
Kent Island Dog Park Bring your pet to romp and play off-leash at this Stevensville dog park near hiking trails. See Details
Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis (WB&A) Trail - PG County The Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis (WB&A) Trail - PG County is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Bowie! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis (WB&A) Trail - PG County. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Marshy Point Nature Center Marshy Point Nature Center is pet-friendly. This nature center in Middle River is built along the Dundee and Saltpeter Creeks, has hiking trails and year round activities and events. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails, as long as owners pick up waste after them. Nature Center is open every day of the week from 9am to 5pm. See Details
MA & PA Heritage Trail The MA & PA Heritage Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Bel Air! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the MA & PA Heritage Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park The Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Millersville! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Anacostia Tributary Trail System The Anacostia Tributary Trail System is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in College Park! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Anacostia Tributary Trail System. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Cross Island Trail The Cross Island Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Stevensville! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Cross Island Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
WinterPlace Park and Equestrian Center WinterPlace Park and Equestrian Center is pet-friendly. The main attraction for dogs and their owners is the walking and cross country trail where your dog can roam alongside you on a leash. WinterPlace Park and Equestrian Center is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Great Falls: Billy Goat Trail Pets are welcome to join you on-leash as you stroll through sections B & C of this lovely park which features waterfalls and rapids. See Details
Double Rock Park Leashed pets are welcome to join their humans as they enjoy this park. See Details
Patuxent Branch Trail The Patuxent Branch Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Columbia! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Patuxent Branch Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
BWI Trail The BWI Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Glen Burnie! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the BWI Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Isle of Wight Isle of Wight in Maryland is pet-friendly. Most of this scenic island, located in one of Maryland's most beautiful coastal bays, is dedicated to wildlife conservation. Leashed dogs are welcome as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. The 200 acres of marsh and forests attract waterfowl and marsh birds. Located in Assawoman Bay, Isle of Wight is sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean by the same coastal barrier island that supports Ocean City. See Details
River & Trail Outfitters River & Trail Outfitters offers dog-friendly hiking trails in the historic Harpers Ferry area of Knoxville, MD. They also offer a shuttle service from the trail head back to your accommodations with 24 hour notice. See Details
Gathland State Park As you hike the Appalachian Trail, take a break to explore dog-friendly Gathland State Park at the Crampton's Gap Trailhead in Jefferson, MD. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the historic park, so you and Fido can explore the War Correspondent's Arch, the South Mountain Battlefield, and a picnic at the pavilion. See Details
Pemberton Historical Park Pemberton Park is located on Pemberton Drive on the west side of Salisbury, Maryland, just a short distance from Route 50. The park's 262 acres offers the opportunity to hike 4.5 miles of Maryland nature trails, appreciate the beauty of nature and participate in environmental education, historical interpretation or special event activities. Informational brochures are available in the contact building near the parking lot. Brochures include trail guides illustrating various environmental features, bird and plant brochures and special event listings. Information is also available regarding "Friends of Pemberton" membership.

While hiking the trails, you will encounter ecosystems and their natural complement of plants and animals that are specific to many different regions of the Eastern Shore. It is rare to find any other place on the Eastern Shore where tidal and fresh water wetlands, fresh water ponds, upland pines, hardwood forests and meadows can all be studied within the same site. This unique feature, when coupled with the historical aspects of Pemberton Park, makes it especially attractive for school studies or a casual hike.

Pemberton Historical Park is comprised of 262 acres and 4.5 miles of nature trails, offering visitors the opportunity to explore unique ecosystems that bring together tidal and fresh water wetlands, fresh water ponds, upland pines, hardwood forests and meadows.

The trails at Pemberton Park are restricted to walking and hiking only. Due to safety concerns, no biking is permitted.

Pick up a trail guide in the Welcome Area which outlines each loop of the trail, describes its major ecosystems and denotes any significant features that may be found along the way.
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Chaptico Park Chaptico Park is pet-friendly. There are picnic tables, a playground, nine soccer and lacrosse fields with practice areas, restrooms and a concession area located in the park. It's also home to trails for you to explore with your pooch by your side. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details
Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (formerly North Central Rail Trail) The Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (formerly North Central Rail Trail) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Phoenix! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (formerly North Central Rail Trail). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details