Catonsville is located in Baltimore County, close to the eastern border of Baltimore, and is the perfect place to escape the busy streets of the second-largest seaport on the Mid-Atlantic. Frederick Road, which is the main street where many of the city's local businesses and eateries are located, runs right through downtown. This moderately populated city takes good care of its canine residents and visitors -- you'll find five veterinary clinics in and around Catonsville to take care of your pup in case of emergency or accident.
Catonsville doesn't have any public parks with pet-friendly policies, and features only a small walking trail stretching for about 0.33 miles from the beginning of Dutton Avenue to the end of Frederick Road. This is a simple route along the former streetcar system with a few small historical spots to visit with Fido.
To compensate for the lack of outdoor activities, downtown Catonsville features more than five dog-friendly eateries where you can dine in good company and enjoy a meal at an outdoor table. Want to try something new? Check out Umami Global Bistro, and order the family sampler to share with your hungry hound. Or, try Duesenberg’s American Café and Grill, located at the very heart of Catonsville's historic center.
You'll find more things to do and see with your pup just a short drive out of town.
Oella is a western neighborhood of Catonsville located on the border of Ellicott City and Cooper Branch. This quiet and remote place is home to the beautiful Patapsco River, and features a historical spot with a park to visit with Fido. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum is a cozy place with walking trails, historic buildings, and a well-shaded park. Keep your furry friend on their leash at all times and enjoy the walk around the museum! Another pet-friendly place in Oella is The Breadery, an open market with delicious bread and a dog-friendly brick-and-mortar shop.
Main Street stretches along downtown in Ellicott City, and is home to a number of museums, historic places and an art gallery. You'll also find small businesses and eateries here, along with Trolley Line #9, which is a 1.5-mile pet-friendly boardwalk running from Ellicott City to Catonsville. This path isn't very challenging, but it's quiet and simple, and makes an excellent place for a quick walk. Taking your own water with you is a must, but if you forgot to bring some, Johnny’s Bistro on Main will save you and your thirsty mutt. Why not stay awhile and enjoy a meal at one of the outdoor tables?
Taylor Village is a southern neighborhood of Ellicott City that welcomes pups and their parents with quiet, peaceful residential quarters and a furrific community park. The public area of Worthington Park features a vast terrain for family outdoor activities and well-maintained walking trails for on-leash walks. Worthington Dog Park is separated from the main park by Hillsborough Road. You'll need to acquire a permit and pay an entry fee to play at this fully fenced, off-leash area. The dog park has an attendant, extensive grassy spots to play, and drinking water facilities available in the summer only. You'll need to bring your own waste bags.
Enjoy a breath of fresh air in the Druid Hill Park neighborhood, a local favorite destination for family fun! The neighborhood's namesake park is located a bit north of the city center, which makes it the perfect place to go when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Baltimore. There is a wealth of space for your pooch to explore and sniff here. Human amenities include a disc golf course, The Maryland Zoo, and Rawlings Conservatory. Your pup will love exploring the winding walking trails and paths to water where they can dip their paws or make a splash! Don't forget to bring all the necessary supplies, like water and clean-up bags, with you. Dogs need to stay on a leash at this park.
One of the central neighborhoods in Baltimore, Hampden will welcome you and your canine companion with open arms and lots of recreation opportunities. You'll find Roosevelt Park to the west, and Wyman Park set right in front of the famous John Hopkins University and Baltimore Museum of Art. Wyman is a public park with walking and jogging trails, offering a few grassy and pet-friendly spots to enjoy a picnic together. After your excursion at the park, take a seat at one of Rocket to Venus' outdoor tables. This Fido-friendly bar and restaurant is the perfect way to end (or start!) your day in Hampden.