Union Bridge is a small town lying on the Piedmont Plateau in the northern part of the state, south of the Pennsylvania state line. This farming community was settled before the Revolutionary War, but realized its most heavy growth in the 1870’s when the Western Maryland Railroad was put through. History stands to remember how it became known as ‘Hospital Tracks’ as wounded soldiers were carried to Baltimore after the Battle of Gettysburg. No wonder most of this impressive town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since then, the population has stayed steady, while still boasting its small town charm. You and your pup will enjoy seeing all these old and modern buildings, including the town’s veterinarian, who is ready to keep your pup healthy.
Two parks grace Union Bridge, with something for every pup! Start with Little Pipe Creek Park, where its namesake river runs through. There is open space and paved trails to suit any activity level, benches to relax alongside the creek, and a scenic bridge to cross. For a shorter day’s outing, visit the Community Park with its picnic tables, sports fields and walking paths. It is best to bring a picnic lunch and water to these on-leash dog-friendly parks.
For an afternoon or a longer adventure, Union Bridge is just the small town you and your pup have been searching for!
The Eden Farms neighborhood in the town of Westminster, east of Union Bridge, offers pup some off-leash fun and exercise at the Bennett Cerf Dog Park. It sports a large, fenced grassy area, and the park borders streams on two sides for a nice view. This dog park sits within Bennett Cerf Park which provides 8 acres of nature to enjoy, streams for fishing, open play areas and a climbing wall! Seasonal porta-potties are on-site, but bring water and clean-up mitts! Afterwards, head to Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt or the Green Turtle restaurant where they welcome pups on the patio!
Piney Run Park and Nature Center is your ticket to a great time with your pup! Located in the town of Sykesville, southeast of Union Bridge, Piney Run is Maryland’s oldest park. It has a 300-acre lake surrounded by 550 acres of land. There are open fields and forested areas with 5 miles of hiking trails running through them. Pups will enjoy an on-leash walk and maybe a snooze by the lake after. During the summer, catch a view of the fishing tournaments! Hungry? Head to Big Belly Deli or French Twist Coffee for some outdoor patio dining with pup.
The Eldersburg neighborhood in the town of Sykesville, lies to the southeast of Union Bridge. Here, you and your pup can enjoy a great day at the Morgan Run Natural Environmental Area where the entire 1930 acres is pup-friendly! There are extensive hiking trails to take Fido for a long walk, and the trout fishing is superb! A wheelchair-accessible fishing platform is provided! Your fur-ever friend is always welcome off-leash on voice command. Be sure to bring snacks and water. Afterwards, head to the Glory Days Grill, the Kismit Café, or the County Cork Wine Club for some pup-tastic outdoor dining!
Woodsboro Park is the place to be with your pup! Located in the town of Woodsboro, southwest of Union Bridge, this park is 102 acres of beauty and nature. Plan a day’s adventure as recreation opportunity abounds for both you and Fido. There is excellent trout fishing in the springtime, and the most perfect sledding hills in the winter. Lots of open spaces and trails to meander through can be found here, as well as playgrounds, restrooms, water fountains and pavilions. Take a picnic lunch and please keep your pup-tastic friend on leash.
Libertytown is a great little town southeast of Union Bridge. You and your pawtastic friend will have a wonderful day outdoors at the Libertytown Park. If you both love to hike, get pup ready for 2.4 miles of trails that will keep you both in pup-tastic shape. Or let Fido run on an extended leash on their multi-purpose grassy fields. During the summer, you both can catch a b-ball game and root for your favorite team. If you want a more quiet and relaxing day, pack a picnic lunch and snack with Fifi under their covered picnic shelters.