Stevensville lies on the western half of Kent Island, taking up 6 square miles. The town was founded in 1850 as a steamboat terminal and still has over 100 historic buildings today. Although the steamboat industry is dead, a lot of the old piers and beaches are available for public use to humans and their dogs.
One of these beaches is the Terrapin Nature Park, a dog-friendly nature preserve with access to the beach. This 270-acre park is filled with trails through marsh, forests, past ponds and along the beach. Dogs are allowed on the trails, on the beach and even in the water!
If you're looking for a bit less adventure, head over to the Island Dog Park. The dog park provides two fenced-in areas for larger and smaller dogs. Each area has benches, clean-up stations and water fountains for humans and dogs. The park is also relatively shaded and surrounded by trees, so you don't have to worry about your dog or you getting overheated with all the excitement.
From natural to fenced-in, Stevensville is a pawesome place to enjoy time with your dog, whether it's in the dog-friendly Stevensville Crab Shack, the Cross Island Trail or the Kent Island Dog Park.
The Town Center neighborhood sits in the northern part of Stevensville. It's the most populated neighborhood in the city and has many parks to accommodate its residents. Old Love Point Park is a 30 acre tract that allows on-leashed dogs to roam along the trails and open fields of the park. The park features water fountains, benches and a kept-up path that goes through the park. The Cross Island Trail here travels 6.5 miles through Stevensville, and allows leashed dogs onto the trail and even provides clean-up stations and benches at trailheads.
The Matapeake Dog Beach is in the Matapeake neighborhood, in the central region of Stevensville. The beach and park are open to all dogs, big and small. Here, they can cast off the leash for some unfettered fun! Waste stations and trash disposal is in the parking area and easy to get to if needed. With dog amenities covered, owners don't have to worry about the little things and can just enjoy the beach with their dog, where they can run around free, play with other dogs, or go swimming. The beach also has a small trail off to the side which is good for taking a long walk to exercise or dry off.
The Romancoke neighborhood takes up the southern point of Stevensville and Kent Island, and is home to the Romancoke Pier & Kayak Ramp. The pier is open 24 hours a day and requires a small parking fee, but once there, dogs are allowed to hang out at the beach or go kayaking with their humans. The ramp is dog-friendly, but doesn't provide any water fountains or waste stations. The pier also connects to the Kent Island South Trail, a 3.5-mile trail that goes through the southern community up into the northern one, and has water fountains and benches. The trail is dog-friendly so long as Fido remains on a leash.
Kent Island Dog Park is in the Brown Corner neighborhood of Centerville, 14 miles east of Stevensville. The fenced-in area is a perfect place to play and socialize your dog. The park is large, and allows dogs to play off leash and run around safely. There is even agility equipment for your dog to play, train or exercise here. Waste stations, dog-sized water fountains, trash disposals and benches can also be found in this park. If you and your dog want some alone time, the park connects to hiking trails that span out around the park and into the town of Centerville. Dogs must remain on-leash while on the trail.
The Saint Margarets neighborhood is 10 miles from Stevensville, in the town of Annapolis across the bay. Heading over to the city will be great for you and your dog since the neighborhood is home to the Broadneck Dog Park. The dog park has two separate fenced in areas, one for large dogs, the other for smaller dogs. Each has their waste stations, trash disposals and access to plenty of free toys. Down the street from the park is The Briarpatch, an American breakfast venue that has dog-friendly outdoor seating and complimentary water bowls for dog patrons.