There are many animals, wild and domestic alike, that are kept as pets in the city of Reisterstown, Maryland. Based on the numbers of the AVMA, 52.3% of the households in the state of Maryland choose to enrich their lives with a companion animal. There are approximately 5,833 dogs and 6,372 cats in Reisterstown.
Naturally, there are ample facilities that cater towards animals and their owners. One of the main attractions for dog owners, for instance, is the Reisterstown Regional Park. This 79.7-acre community park is a local favorite due to its outdoor sports grounds and indoor sports complex.
The Hannah More Park is also definitely worth a visit. While the park itself is interesting for family visits as it offers plenty of recreational amenities, such as a skate park, the most enticing part of animal lovers is the BARC Park. This is the only area in Reisterstown where dogs can be themselves and totally free from their leash. Both little dogs and large dogs get a separate playground all to themselves.
There are also multiple hiking trails that pass through Reisterstown and the neighboring city of Owings Mills. These trails are dog-friendly and a great way to get some exercise yourself while walking the dogs.
One of the best things about Reisterstown is the quick and easy proximity to Baltimore. When you want to put your pup through his paces, take a quick 20 minute drive to Cold Springs in this thriving big city. Tucked away in the city is one of the best parks in Baltimore County: the Cylburn Arboretum. The 207 acre arboretum contains a museum, a greenhouse, many walking trails, specialty gardens, and more scents than your dog has sniffed before! Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore.
Fells Point is a half hour’s drive from Reisterstown, in the heart of Baltimore’s harbor. Coming down to the city with your pup is worth it when you see the attractions. First, Patterson Park is a large, well appointed city park. Leashed dogs are welcome, and you and your woof-derful companion can attend many events in style. When you’ve run out all your nerves and are ready to be serious, check out Baltimore Ghost Tours. You can learn local history, legends, and supposed hauntings with your leashed (and well-mannered) pup at your side. It’s enough to make a poodle’s hair curl!
BARC Park at Hannah More Park will be all your dog is BARC-ing about. This central Westbury staple adjoins the human-oriented park. It offers a fenced yard for off-leash play with separate areas for large and small dogs. Puppy playground equipment is provided, making this a great spot to let your dog work off some energy. The central location makes it easy to head out of the park for a bite to eat, or stop on your daily commute from Baltimore. The addition of a quality people-park makes it a one stop location for people looking to exercise both kids and fur-kids.
Academy Acres is a little closer to Baltimore, and is more heavily populated as a result. Dogs (and people) who crave a break from the stress of the city would do well to take a couple laps around Roaches Run Park. Despite the colorful name, Roaches Run Park is a clean, very heavily wooded park right in the center of a busy area. Leashed dogs are welcome. The park’s placement in a busy area all but guarantees privacy during daylight walks. Central placement makes this park an easy commute even if you’re out of the area.