You can find Whiteford tucked away in Harford County, Maryland. This unincorporated community doesn’t have very many dog-friendly amenities; fortunately, though, there are over thirty veterinarians within twenty miles of the area.
Just seventeen miles south of Whiteford is the Ma & Pa Dog Park in Bel Air, MD. Complete with three large runs and a water fountain just outside its gate, this park is a great open area for your pup to play in, and there’s even a station for doggie bags! Also, the turf is mulch, so playtime is soft on Fido’s feet.
If you’re up for a bit of a drive, try the Abingdon Road Dog Park (just thirty minutes south). This park is relatively new and covered in wood chips, which prevents the play area from getting muddy. There is a side for small dogs and another for large dogs, but the two areas can be connected via a gate. Be sure to bring your own water and you’ll have a blast! To reward yourself after a long day of play, stop by Boston’s, which is also in Abingdon. This chain restaurant offers typical pub favorites like wings, ribs, and sandwiches, and this particular location has over twelve dog-friendly tables.
Pack up your car and head 12 miles southeast from Whiteford to the Susquehanna State Park located next to the small community of Wilson Mill. This expansive area offers a range of outdoor adventures for you and Fido to enjoy. Bring your boat and launch into the Susquehanna River for a day on the water with your pooch. If you want to explore the forest and get some exercise, choose a trail based on the distance and level of hiking difficulty. For an extended stay, bring along your tent or camper and reserve a campsite. Dogs are welcome throughout the park except for in the cabin area and the historical sections. Make sure to keep your pup on a leash and to pick up their messes.
Just 11 miles southwest of Whiteford, the community of Forest Hill offers some pupcredible opportunities for you and Fido. For a little exercise, leash up your pup and head over to the MA & PA Heritage Trail. As a part of the National Rails to Trails Conservancy, this 1.7 mile segment winds through forested area, marshland, and suburban areas. Remember to keep your canine companion on a leash as long as 6 feet and to pick up any messes. After your time on the trail, head to 4 Paws Spa and Training and make use of the self-serve dog wash to get your pooch squeaky clean. This business also offers obedience and agility training for all skill levels.
If you’re looking for a great place to get some exercise with your pup, head 10 miles southeast of Whiteford to the neighborhood of Darlington. In town, you can take Fido to Francis Silver Park to wander around the open fields and wooded areas. When you want to go on a pawtastic hike or jog, head over to the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway trailhead at Conowingo Dam. This trail is a part of the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and stretches for 2.5 miles along the western bank of the Susquehanna River. Remember to keep your pup on a leash and bring water for the trip.
The community of Dublin is just over 6 miles southeast of Whiteford. This neighborhood provides access to some delightful natural areas for you and Fido to investigate. Head over to the Deer Creek Conservation Area and wander along the creek that winds through the woods or walk through the open fields in this undeveloped park. For added adventure, take your pup to Palmer State Park. This forested wilderness area covers 555 acres. Walk along the banks of Deer Creek with your pooch to discover some historic industrial sites. Dogs are permitted in these park areas as long as you keep them on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
Head about 6 miles southwest of Whiteford to Whispering Woods for some pawesome outdoor adventures. North of town, you and Fido will find Eden Mill Nature Center. Wander the trails through wetlands, forest, meadows, and along Laurel Ridge in this 117-acre natural park. You can also go just south of town to Rocks State Park and hike the trails in this rocky woodland area. Give yourself and your pooch a workout by climbing the white or purple trail to the King and Queen Seat to look down over Deer Creek. Dogs are permitted in both of these parks provided they are kept on a leash and you pick up their waste.