Some 20-mile distance southwest from Baltimore, Maryland, lies the planned community of Columbia, Maryland. This city of over 100,000 people is split into ten separate towns and is considered one of the best places to live in the United States. Columbia offers a safe environment with high-quality education, recreation, and work perspectives. Columbia is also very welcoming for pets and even has its own equestrian center.
The scenic natural surroundings make Columbia, Maryland, more than just a place to drink, eat and sleep. Columbia is close to a total of three lakes (Lake Kittamaqundi, Lake Elkhorn, and Wilde Lake) and a sizeable amount of park land for jogging, biking and, of course, walking the dogs.
Columbia, Maryland, is also home to Columbia DogPark, the first and only off-leash dog park that is completely fenced. The park is operated by the Columbia Association and provides 2.7 acres for dogs to explore and run around. The park is divided in two areas - one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Each area comes fully equipped with benches, water fountains and locations to dispose of waste.
Dog owners looking for a challenge will find it in the 20 mile Patuxent Branch Trail system that takes hikers through the rolling hills of Howard County and alongside the Patuxent River, The trail covers a wide variety of landscapes and historical sites.
Residents of River Hill have the luxury of having Middle Patuxent Environmental Area right in their backyard, making this one of the best neighborhoods in Columbia, Maryland for dog owners. Middle Patuxent Environmental Area is a large green space within the city, home to many different nature trails and various water spots throughout the park. Great for short hikes and for those who enjoy that wilderness feel, River Hill and Middle Patuxent Environmental Area is perfect for four legged companions and their owners to enjoy the fresh air and get some daily exercise.
Hickory Ridge is one of the largest neighborhoods in Columbia, Maryland, making it a perfect spot for dog owners to call home. Throughout the neighborhood, residents are able to go for long walks along the streets of the community, as well as have direct access to Middle Patuxent Environmental Area where they can take their pooches for runs, swims, hikes, and so much more. This green space is a perk for all dog owners! Hawthorn Park is also a great park where dogs and their humans can get some exercise. This clean and spacious neighborhood park is great for leashed walks.