Beaver Creek’s tributary, Mount Aetna Creek, flows through the lands of this census-designated community at the western base of South Mountain. Set in a scenic environment among a natural treasure – solutional caves – Mount Aetna is a small town in Washington County, Maryland. With a population of fewer than 1,000 residents, it’s a perfect spot for a retreat and outdoor adventure with Fido. Apart from the main recreation center – the cornerstone of the town’s tourist attractions – you will find multiple walking trails and parks in the vicinity. Funkstown will be your best bet when you need vet help.
Since the town is so tiny, it's not exactly surprising that Mount Aetna isn't the most Fido-friendly place in the immediate area. You'll need to drive a short distance to find dog parks and places to chow down with your hound. The muttropolitan areas of Washington D.C. and Baltimore are also just an hour's drive from Mt. Aetna, so you're just a bone's throw away from big-city fun with your pooch!
If you and your furry friend are looking to "ruff" it in nature, Mount Aetna makes for a great base camp, since it's located near several expansive recreation areas and state parks. Sniff out a walking adventure in the mountains! Thurston Griggs Trail is a great 3-mile hike located near Myersville. Pooches are welcome on-leash! Don't furget the water and waste baggies.
Encompassing the South Mountain ridge, South Mountain State Park is a scenic park just east of Mount Lena. The park has a main entrance, but there are also multiple entry points throughout the park. It’s a fantastic place to explore the local history and camp! Three campgrounds are at your service. You can also embark on a walking adventure. Part of Appalachian National Scenic Trail stretches right along the top of South Mountain. Get ready to walk a lot and snap some shots -- the vistas in the area are just stunning! Clean up after your pup to keep this scenic area clean.
If you don’t want to get lost on the trails (and there are miles of them!), you’d better grab a detailed map at the park office. Do you have a leash and drinking water? Then you're ready for an adventure among the beautiful vistas and lands of Greenbrier State Park! It's a very popular park in the northeastern part of Boonsboro. Home to a 42-acre man-made lake, the park attracts anglers and water adventure enthusiasts, offering hiking, canoeing and more! Pooches are welcome to join their parents as long as they are leashed and supervised. Here, you can also travel the Appalachian Trail, which you can access from the connecting trail leading through the park.
Brookridge North is a well-established neighborhood on the western end of Middletown, Maryland. Residential, with primarily single-family houses, the area has all the amenities you need, including ATMs, a volleyball court, and an athletic field. Just across the creek is Wiles Branch Dog Park, a very pawpular dog park in the area! The best time to come by and socialize is about noon, or early in the morning. You will have to register at the local municipal center if you want to use the park, so don't forget to bring proof of vaccinations. Remember that treats and food are not allowed in the area.
Ballenger Creek, tucked toward the southern end of Frederick, is an independent community. The area is home to about 20,000 people and has established a thriving business district among the residential areas nearby. Many of the companies are in the IT and technology industries -- a stark contrast to the community's many parks and venues. Escape the daily grind at Ballenger Creek Park, which features a playground, baseball field, and dog park. Ballinger Creek Dog Park is in the best location pawssible! Set in the heart of the park, it has a fence and plenty of room to roam and run off-leash!
Jefferson is a central eastern neighborhood of Hagerstown in Maryland, just a skip and a hop from Downtown and the Historic Arts District. The community is a mixed-use area with shops, cafes, and residential quarters. Your pet-friendly adventures here will start in Fairgrounds Park, an expansive recreation area in the heart of Hagerstown! The main park features a separate doggy spot where you can finally let your pooch off-leash. Another pawesome place is Hager Park, at the very southern end of the neighborhood. It’s a snifftastic spot to stroll with Fido on-leash! Catch a baseball game, or bring some grub to grill at the park's picnic areas.