Greenbelt, Maryland is a medium-sized city located about thirteen miles outside of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1937, Greenbelt was actually part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal projects; it’s one of three cities planned under the name “green,” alongside Greendale, Wisconsin and Greenhills, Ohio. But even if green isn’t your favorite color, don’t let that stop you from visiting Greenbelt! This city has a little bit of something for everyone; for example, the Greenbelt Historic District is great for history buffs.
And just like there’s something for every human, there’s also something for your four-legged friends, too. The city is home to one dog-friendly restaurant, and there are a couple of veterinarian clinics for you and Fido to choose from. You can also take your pooch for a walk downtown and enjoy the beautiful architecture Greenbelt has to offer. If you’re looking to explore a trail or a large dog park, though, you’ll want to head to a nearby larger city. Don’t let that deter you, though! Greenbelt is a pawesome place for both you and your pooch, so drop by any time!
Greenbelt’s Greenbelt Park is home to a fenced-in, off-leash dog park that is sure to have your pooch howling in excitement! Greenbelt Dog Park has agility equipment in the park for more adventurous dogs, but many owners bring their pooch’s favorite toy along. Greenbelt Dog Park usually isn’t too crowded, but locals say there’s always least one other dog there, giving your pup a chance to make some friends of his own species. A permit is required to use this dog park, but it only costs five dollars. Have a ball at Greenbelt Dog Park!
Right in the heart of Greenbelt, in the Centerway neighborhood, is New Deal Café. This popular eatery serves up delicious Lebanese dishes, and there’s live music almost every night of the week, so if you like to boogie, make sure to swing on by. New Deal Café is also dog-friendly; your pooch can dine with you at one of the restaurants many patio tables. Your dog will need to be on a leash at all times, and good behavior is a requirement. Enjoy chowing down with your Chow-Chow! Bone Appetit!
If you and your dog love exploring together, head to College Park’s Berwyn Heights neighborhood! Located about five miles west of Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights is home to Indian Creek Trail. At just 1.5 miles, this trail is pretty short, but all that really means is it’s the perfect place for a brisk walk through nature. This park is usually pretty cool, as it’s heavily shaded. Don’t use that as an excuse to not bring water, though; you and your pooch both need it! A leash is required, and you’ll want to bring along some waste bags.
Less than five short miles from Greenbelt is College Park’s Riverdale Gardens, and if you and your dog are looking for another trail to check out, visit Northeast Branch Trail! This trail is 3.5 miles long, and it’s perfect for anyone, whether you’ve been hiking for years or if you’re just getting started! Make sure to bring along a leash for Fido, and you’ll also want to bring along some water and waste disposal bag. Keep your eyes open for bicyclists, as this trail is popular with them.
If you’re looking for another fun dog park, and you’re willing to drive about twenty minutes southwest of Greenbelt, check out Hyattsville’s Chillum neighborhood, where you’ll find the pawesome Heurich Dog Park! This popular dog park has two separate play-areas; one is for smaller dogs, while the other is for larger, more social dogs. Water and waste disposal bags are provided; there’s no need to worry about lugging those from home. If your dog likes climbing, there’s even agility equipment he can use. You’re sure to have a ball at Heurich Dog Park, and so is your pup!
Hey, I'm Lauren! I have been an animal lover since I was young. I grew up with a sheltie/shepherd mix, and later, a golden retriever/chow chow mix. Both of these dogs have meant the world to me, and I learned how to care for animals because of them. I have taken care of many dogs, old to young. I know each dog has specific needs, and I love to learn the little quirks and characteristics of each dog I meet. I would love to be able to meet your furry friend too!