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Dog Areas in Columbia, MD

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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.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Columbia, MD

  1. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 6,520/sq mi

    #1 River Hill


    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.

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  2. Dog Parks 2
    Population Density 2,396/sq mi

    #2 Hickory Ridge


    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.

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    Population Density 17,000/sq mi

    #3 Long Reach

    Long Reach is a great spot for dog owners and their pets to reside. With it being such a green neighborhood filled with large mature trees lining the streets, leashed neighborhood walks are very enjoyable for people and their furry friends. Many of the properties in this neighborhood have lush and large backyards as well for your very own fido to play in. Dog owners like to take their dogs over to Long Reach Park where they can find trails and green space to play in, have a bike ride, or even rollerblade. As this is also a sports park, it is advisable to carry a leash.
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  4. Dog Parks 2
    Population Density 2,284/sq mi

    #4 Long Fellow

    The Long Fellow neighborhood can be considered one of the best neighborhoods in Columbia, Maryland for dog owners, as it is located right beside the Columbia Dog Park and Cedar Lane Park. At Columbia Dog Park, dog owners can take their four-legged friends and have a pawsitively great time running around the park. As this is an off-leash park, pups are given the added freedom to walk, run, and explore at their own speed. Cedar Lane Park is a hub for various sports, where pet owners like to walk their leashed dogs and watch some of the games taking place!
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  5. Dog Parks 5
    Population Density 11,000/sq mi

    #5 Kings Contrivance

    Kings Contrivance is one of the larger neighborhoods in Columbia, Maryland, which means that there are a lot of places for pooches and their owners to go for walks, runs, and even bike rides. In addition to neighborhood walks, there are five green parks worth exploring if you have a dog. Therefore, Kings Contrivance is a great place to reside if you and your best friend like to play outside. The parks worth checking out are Hammond Park, Kings Contrivance Park, Dickinson Park, Holiday Hills Park, and Atholton Park. Since many of these parks have playgrounds and other amenities, they are great for dog owners who want to enjoy the parks with their family as well. After all, kids and their pups love to play together, too!
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