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When I was a little girl, I lived in a rural area, far away from my classmates, so my dog was literally my best friend. I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with animals. I have volunteered with two animal rescue organizations so I have experience with a variety of dogs. I’m “MOM” to my dog Callie. My dog is my baby with my two other kids and I spoil them rotten. I can assure you that I will treat your babies like they were my own, not only because I’m an animal lover, but because it’s how I want my babies treated while I’m away.
There are still some disagreements about how Accident, MD got its name, but we can assume that the title was chosen on purpose. The closest guess is that Accident was named after a clerical error -- in the mid-eighteenth century, two separate surveyors were given instructions to examine the same tract of land. According to this story, the two gentlemen ran into each other, had a good laugh about it, and christened the town as a sort of inside joke.
There’s one thing we can be sure of, though -- Accident is simply a lovely place to live. The small city has a real neighborly, small-town vibe, and it’s surrounded by some of the most splendid scenery that Maryland has to offer. Add in the delicious, locally-made cheeses, and it’s easy to see why the three hundred or so residents (wonderfully referred to as "Accidentals") are happy to call it home!
Accident is well-known for being family-friendly, and this certainly applies to furry family members! The area has its own dog park, as well as a couple of community parks that are ideal for leashed walks -- Accident Park West has a particularly pawpular walking trail. And if you two are looking for a little variety in your activities, you’ll find other opportunities for adventure a little fur-ther afield!
The dog park at Deep Creek Lions Club Park is a real-mutts visit! At a full 40,000 square feet, there’s plenty of room in both the small and large dog areas for even the friskiest fur-ball to blow off a little steam. Bags and water are provided, and there’s even a doggy shower in case your buddy gets muddy. The park is the product of a joint project between the gifted and talented class at a local middle school and HART for Animals, and as if the story couldn’t get any cuter, the park is located on the peaceful, semi-rural and adorably named Bumblebee Road.
With Accident right in the middle of the spectacular natural beauty of the Deep Creek region, it should come as no surprise that there are some fantastically fur-friendly hiking options nearby. Deep Creek Lake State Park is just twenty minutes away, and it’s a pawfect place for you and your buddy to get back to nature! You’ll find miles of trails here, all wandering through natural wooded wonderland. The Beckman Trail is a nice easy walk, while the Indian Turnip Trail should suit more athletic animals. And if your pooch likes swimming, you’re in luck -- doggy paddlers are welcome at all parts of the lake except the beach.
No bones about it, if you and your pooch are looking for somewhere to chow down, you’re sure to find it on McHenry’s Deep Creek Drive! For breakfast, chill out on the lakeside patio at Canoe on the Run, and be sure to try their chili omelet! If you’re stopping for dinner, Black Bear Tavern is your best bet -- their pub grub might be basic, but your pooch is sure to appreciate their $2 Doggy Burger, and their pup-friendly terrace offers gorgeous views over the water. A special mention has to go to Deep Creek Sweets, where a wide range of doggy delights are stocked alongside human treats!
Swallow Falls State Park is definitely a mutts-visit! Standing stately on the western side of the Youghiogheny River at the corner of Garrett State Forest, the park’s titular falls are the highest standing falls in Maryland, and truly a sight to be seen. The way up isn’t bad to look at, either -- the trees are tall and majestic, and the Canyon Loop Trail is lined with wild rhododendrons peeking out from interestingly formed rock outcroppings. The path itself is rated easy to moderate -- though there isn’t much of an incline, some of the rocks by the river can get slippery.
You’d have to be barking mad not to take your pooch to Savage River State Forest! This pawesome preserve is one of the most scenic in an area that provides some serious competition. The mature oak and hardwood forest is shot through with almost too many streams, creeks, and tributaries to count, and its many trails mostly meander along the waterways. Fitter furry friends in search of a challenge should try the twelve-mile Meadow Mountain Trail, which features some steep elevation gains and rewards those who complete it with stunning vistas from Meadow Mountain Overlook. There are, of course, trails for the less athletic among us as well.
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