Elkridge is a community in Howard County, Maryland, and it's the oldest settlement in the county, dating back to 1733. This is evident in the many historical buildings and churches in Elkridge, including Melville Church on Furnace Avenue. Its original building was the first Methodist church built in 1772. The Lawyers Hill Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Another fabulous historical site in Elkridge is The Thomas Viaduct. It is the oldest multiple-arched, curved stone railroad bridge in the world. The very first telegraph message that traveled from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore was wired across this bridge.
Elkridge has a wide range of recreational areas for you and your pet to enjoy. Patapsco Valley State Park runs along the Patapsco River in North Elkridge, and Belmont Manor and Historic Park is home to Belmont Manor – built in 1738 – which sits on 68 acres of rolling hills that include trails and extensive gardens and also serves afternoon tea.
And if you’re looking for dog-friendly places to stay, there are plenty of them in nearby Baltimore, including La Quinta Inn & Suites, and the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, which is located right on the water.
Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge is the perfect place to take your pooch. A massive 415-acre park, it has 9 miles of pathway and trails that wind through woodlands, freshwater marshes and valleys. As might be expected of a park this size, there is an abundance of playing fields, including ball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, an 18-hole disc golf course, and even a BMX track! There is also a picnic pavilion which is available on a first-come-first-served basis, and a children’s playground. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder that Rockburn Branch Park is a popular park for sports lovers and nature lovers alike!
Situated on the Chesapeake Bay, Downs Park occupies a massive 236 acres and offers a variety of natural and recreational activities, including more than five miles of paved and natural trails. Even better for you and your doggie, located within Downs Memorial Park is the Downs Memorial Park Dog Beach -- a fantastic place for you and your pooch to explore the beach or frolic in the water (only doggies in the water though; humans have to stay on the beach!). Downs Park also has a fishing pier, a children’s playground, and two basketball courts. And, of course, it’s all topped off with an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay.
Maryland City Dog Park is a popular dog park in Laurel, MD. It’s located within the larger expanse of the Maryland City Park. The park is a fenced, off-leash dog park, with separate areas for large and small dogs, so everyone gets to have a good time running and frolicking. Outside of the dog park, Maryland City Park has plenty of amenities, including several baseball fields, soccer fields, basketball courts and tennis courts, as well as a hiking trail, just in case Spot isn’t completely worn out after the dog park! Don't forget to bring plenty of water and waste bags with you.
The Worthington Off Leash Dog Park in Ellicott City has everything you could want in a dog park. No matter what type of dog you have, they will be catered for here. There is a 4.5-acre area for large dogs, and a one-acre area for small, timid, or elderly dogs. The park has beautiful open areas, benches, and lots of shade, as well as a dog rinsing station. The park is clean and well-looked after, and it's very secure with two double-gated entrances in both large and small dog areas. There is also a dog water fountain, as well as a plentiful supply of waste bags and hand sanitizer.
If you and your pooch have a sweet tooth then one place in Elkridge you won’t want to miss is Kupcakes & Co. This is a family-run business and is a past winner of the Cooking Channel show, Cake Hunters. They offer a dazzling array of freshly-made cupcakes, including red velvet and birthday cake, as well as macaroons, cookies, and even homemade doggie treats! Kupcakes & Co. is a pet-friendly store, and you can take your cupcakes and doggie treats and sit at one of the outside tables. They open Tuesday through Sunday, and are closed on Mondays.