Dayton is a rural town located in Howard County, Maryland. This fun puptown has managed to keep it’s small town charm, while being nicely situated close to big city amenities in Columbia. Dayton is a great place to raise a family because of the great school system, and a great place to raise a family dog too! Here you can enjoy living in the peaceful countryside, and still have pet care convenience nearby, like a veterinary clinic right in town.
Dayton also has its share of nature to enjoy with your pooch! When it’s time to get into the great outdoors, head over to the Pig Tail Recreation Area. This area can be accessed from Green Bridge Road, and is located along the lovely Triadelphia Reservoir. Here you can enjoy hikes along the shore, and maybe see some wildlife along the way! The area also offers fishing and boating. Make sure to keep Fido leashed, and that he leaves only paw prints!
For some large grassy space to sniff and play on, head over to Buckshot Field, located just north from the Pig Tail Recreation Area. In this park, you can find a large baseball diamond. When the field is not being used for sports, you and your dog are welcome to enjoy the green space. Just make sure your playful pupper is leashed and picked up after!
With all these places to play, Dayton is sure to get your pup’s tail wagging!
The town of Dayton has a great urban park where locals like to hang out. The Dayton Oaks Park is located just off of Ten Oaks Road, near the center of Dayton, and is a woofderful place to make new friends, two legged and four legged alike. This 12 acre park has two baseball diamonds, and two multi-purpose fields that your doggo will love, just be sure that priority is given to sports on these fields. There is also a 0.5 mile pathway that loops around the fields, great for a jog or a leisurely stroll with your pup. Why not to pack a lunch, because there is also a community picnic shelter with 8 tables available on a first come first serve basis. Leashed dogs are welcome, just don’t forget the waste bags!
The town of Clarksville is bordering Dayton on the east, and has some pawrific nature to explore. It’s in this town that you can find the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, just a 10 minute drive from Dayton. At 1,021 acres, this is the largest parkland in Howard County. Dogs are allowed to join their humans of course, as long as they stay leashed and get picked up after. In this preserved parkland, you can enjoy a large variety of flora and fauna along the nature trails. Within the park, the Wildlife Loop Trail and the Southwind Circle Trail, totaling to about 5.5 miles, can be accessed from the park's western boundary, and is a pawrific place for a walk.
In the nearby town of Columbia, you can find another puppy paradise! The Elioak neighborhood is proud home to the Columbia Dog Park, just 15 minutes from Dayton. This area provides a safe environment for your best pal to get some much needed exercise and socialization off-leash. The park has two separate fenced off areas, one for large breeds and another for our little friends. You can find everything you need here, including drinking water and waste bags. There is an annual pass or a daily pass available, and proof of rabies vaccines are necessary. Surrounding the dog park is Cedar Lane Park. This 93 acre park welcomes leashed dogs, and has athletic fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, restrooms and a 0.8 mile paved walkway.
In the Owen Brown neighborhood of Columbia, you can find another great place to get some fresh air and exercise with your pooch. It’s here that you can find the Patuxent Branch Trail, just 15 minutes from Dayton. This trail is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Organization, which converts unused railroads into pathways that everyone can enjoy, including your dog! The trail follows the peaceful Little Patuxent River, and even has a scenic bridge to cross. Leashed dogs are welcome! When it’s time for some refreshment, head over to the Pub Dog Pizza and Drafthouse, located in the same neighborhood. At this dog themed restaurant, you can enjoy a house-brewed beer or a freshly made pizza on the patio with your canine companion.
Ellicott City is located just northeast of Dayton, and has plenty of fun place to explore with your pup. It’s in the Pine Orchard neighborhood that you can find Centennial Park, just 20 minutes from Dayton. This 337 acre park has won awards for it’s sensitivity to nature and it’s natural design. There is a beautiful man-made lake located within the park, that has a pathway encircling it. This 2.6 mile paved pathway is great for viewing wildlife, and is easy on the paws and the eyes. From here you can also access 7.3 miles of pathways that link to nearby neighborhoods. From late spring until early fall, Adventure Shack and Rentals is open for concessions and boat rentals. Leashed dogs are welcome, and please be sure to leave no trace!