Approximately 20 miles from Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland, lies the city of Bowie. The community of Bowie has always had a strong bond with animals. In the first half of the 20th century, Bowie was widely known for the Bowie Race Track and Belair Stable, one of the most notorious racing stables and breeders of thoroughbreds in the country.
After the large influx of people in the ‘60s, the focus shifted from horses to companion animals such as cats and dogs. The construction of the Bowie Dog Park is sure tell sign that there are a large amount of dog owners in the area. The park offers an enclosed play area which is a total of 1 acre in size and has a special area for small dogs.
Another popular area where the locals walk their dogs, or simply go for a hike, is the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis (WB&A) Trail. This newly constructed trail is not entirely finished and currently stops at the Bowie Race Track. While the trail mostly stretches through urbanized areas, there is still a fair amount of wildlife to see. Dogs, therefore, have to be on a leash.
People with pets that just wish to visit Bowie, Maryland, should check out TownePlace Suites and Comfort Inn. These two hotels offer pet-friendly rooms for an additional charge.
District 3 in Bowie, Maryland, is a sought after neighborhood for dog owners as it has two local parks within its community borders and is located centrally within Bowie, which provides access to many parks in surrounding neighborhoods. Heather Hills Park and East Haven Park are both situated within District 3 and nearby to all residents. Not too far away is Collington Branch Park where dog owners and their pups can go for a more adventurous walk and spend the day! Bowie Towne Center is located just south of the neighborhood and is located right in Mill Branch where more green space and water can be found.
Adnell Woods is another small neighborhood within Bowie, Maryland, and is perfectly situated for dog owners. Adnell Woods is located right beside the large and in charge Patuxent Research Refuge, with trails and water for dog owners and pups to explore. On the other side of Adnell Woods is Jericho Park which boasts both open space and heavily treed borders to wander around. Only a short drive away is Patuxent River Park as well. As you can see, resident’s of Adnell Woods have lots of places to explore with their pooches!