Riverdale, Maryland is technically the city that doesn’t exist anymore, but that’s only because the full name is now Riverdale Park. Don’t be surprised if you still hear locals just call it “Riverdale,” though, as the name wasn’t changed until 1998; that’s nearly 80 years after the city was founded. Riverdale Park is located just 25 minutes from Washington, D.C. and only 40 minutes from Baltimore, making it a great sleeper city for workers in either of those larger cities.
When it comes to dog-friendliness, Riverdale isn’t the best in the area. There’s one dog-friendly restaurant, Dumm’s Pizza and Subs. We’ll leave it up to you to figure out what kind of food you can get there. If your canine companion gets sick or injured, no need to worry! There’s a highly-rated veterinarian clinic in Riverdale, so care for your pooch is never too far away. Neither is dog-friendly fun, though; there are plenty of dog parks and more dog-friendly restaurants within 20 miles of Riverdale, so if you don’t mind a quick trip, there’s plenty for you and Fido to do! Enjoy your time here, whether you call it Riverdale or Riverdale Park!
If you and Fido love going on walks, make your way to College Park’s Berwyn Heights neighborhood, which is only ten minutes from Riverdale. Here, you’ll find an access point for Indian Creek Trail. This trail is only 1.5 miles long, so it’s perfect for hikers who are just getting started or dogs who don’t quite have the energy to go for too long. You’ll want to keep your dog on his leash during your walk, and you’ll also need to bring along water for both you and your pooch and some waste bags to clean up any messes.
Located just minutes from Riverdale Park is Riverdale Gardens, where you and Fido can access the Northeast Branch Trail! This trail is 3.5 miles long, so whether you’re a beginner hiker or an advanced one, you and Fido will enjoy exploring here! Your dog needs to be on his leash for the duration of the hike. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring along water and waste baggies to clean up after your pup. This trail is heavily used by bicyclists, so keep your eyes peeled during your walk!