The Ma & Pa Dog Park on Tollgate Road is a fenced-in dog park that has separate areas for large and small dogs. Your pooch will have loads of fun running leash-free with other dogs while you enjoy your shady spot on your favorite bench. A drinking fountain and picnic benches are located within the park, so grab a picnic lunch and keep hydrated throughout the day. Dogs must be licensed to play at this park.
If you’re looking for a place to take your dog that isn’t just a glorified backyard, explore The MA & PA Heritage Trail. This 1.4-mile trail is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and takes its hikers through some of Maryland’s most beautiful and tranquil scenery. Don’t forget to bring water for both you and your canine friend – a few snacks wouldn’t hurt either! Dogs must be on leashes while walking the trail out of respect to other hikers.
Follow The MA & PA Heritage Trail long enough and you’ll come across the playground of every child’s dreams. Annie’s Playground is a massive playground that includes animal-themed slides, an amphitheater, swings, tunnels, and a whole lot more. There are fields on the far side of the park that are perfect for running off energy when they’re not being used for soccer games, and the pavilions are rentable. Annie’s Playground was constructed in loving memory of a little girl named Annie who was hit by a drunk driver as she was leaving the circus with her family. Despite its sad backstory, Annie’s Playground provides timeless happiness for everyone who comes to enjoy it. Dogs must be cleaned up after (as with almost anywhere you bring Fido!) and under their owners’ control at all times.