Dog Parks in Baltimore

August 18, 2009
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Though Baltimore, Maryland, is a heavily urbanized area, there are still dog-baltmany great attractions within the area to take your dog and enjoy the nature. Rich in history, there are many options where you can explore the city with your dog, whether in local neighborhoods or tourist historical sites.

Cromwell Valley Park

This is a 380 acre park in a stream valley. Dogs are allowed here on leash. It has a pasture, open fields, woods, hedgegrows and a floodplain. There are many native species here, such as red-tailed hawk, kestrel and great horned owl, rabbits, deer and fox. There are also many songbirds that add to the ambiance of the park experience.

Cylburn Arboretum

This is a 207 acre city park and nature preserve, where dogs are allowed on leash. It is accessible by car and bus. It has the atmosphere of an estate, and offers many Japanese maples, beeches, Maryland oaks and magnolias around the Victoria Mansion. You can walk on trails throughout the wooded area, or sign up for a guided tour.

Druid Hill Park

dog-baltiThis park is located in the center of the city, and it has lawns, hills and a waterfront. It was purchased from Natives in 1860, and followed European picturesque garden style. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Canton Dog Park

This is a fenced-in dog park that has a separate entrance for large and small dogs or older dogs. Dogs can be off leash here. There are often food and wine events, as well as live performances. They offer drinking water and waste bags.

Fort McHenry

This is a historical park, where the national anthem was born. You can bring your dog to certain areas, such as the outer grounds, the picnic areas and by the river.

Gwynns Fall Trail and Park

This is a city park that has over 15 miles of paved trails. It is a beautiful location, with heavy greenery and sights of the stream valley. It connects over 30 neighborhoods, and many people come here to bike, roller blade, fish, bird watch and jog. They also hold many events. Dogs are allowed here on leash.

Robert E Lee Park

This park is over 450 acres, and has many streams and a lake. There are also forests, trails, tunnels and footbridges. Dogs are allowed here on leash.

Oregon Ridge Park

Located in Cockeysville, a suburb of Baltimore, this is a beautiful park with many trails, picnic areas and playgrounds. It is very large, and has over 1,000 acres. Dogs are allowed here on leash.


One Response to “Dog Parks in Baltimore”

  1. Kris says:

    Thanks for this info! We just got a puppy. I haven’t been yet because he’s too young and hasn’t had his rabies shot yet, but Baltimore County now also has a formal off-leash dog park:

    Baltimore County’s First Dog Park Man’s Best Friend

    The Reisterstown Recreation and Park Council’s Dog Park Committee is now accepting registrations for the new, long-awaited Baltimore Animal Recreation Center (B.A.R.C.) Park at Hannah More. Baltimore County’s first Off-leash Dog Park. Registered dogs and their owners may use the park from sun-up to sun-down each day of the year. To become a member, all dogs must have proof of current rabies vaccination shots and licensing. Membership costs $25/ family per year. The Baltimore Animal Recreation Center (B.A.R.C.) Park at Hannah More features two areas for dogs to roam and socialize with other dogs without a leash. The larger area is 1.5 acres and the smaller area is .75 acres. Each areas also features a dog water fountain.

    The Dog Park Committee is looking for sponsors to help fund the dog playground equipment project. Equipment which the dogs can climb on, sit on and crawl underneath is one of the big plans for the committee. People believe that a dog is like a child where they see the playground equipment; they will not become as tiresome as when they see an open field. Registration forms and material can be found at or contact [email protected] for more information.

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