If you and your furry little friend are looking for a nice easy hike in a gorgeous area, the Touch of Nature Trail at the Rocky Gap State Park in Maryland is a woofderful choice. In fact, this hike is so short at just one-quarter of a mile, most people would not even consider it a real hike. But, this is a furrific walk for those who do not like to walk much or those with disabilities because this completely paved path is ADA accessible.
Along the shaded trail, you will find several benches where you can sit and enjoy the view while your pooch sniffs everything within reach. You do have to keep your fur baby on a leash while on the trail or anywhere else in the park per Maryland State Park authorities. The short walk takes you and your little buddy along a path of hemlock, mountain laurel, and rhododendron that ends at a fishing dock where you can try your luck at catching some of the local fish like bass, bluegill, sun fish, and catfish. Even if you do not want to fish, you and your dog may just enjoy the peaceful area and watching boats go by.
Although it is a short walk, make sure to bring along some cleanup bags to pick up anything your dog leaves behind. There's restrooms and drinking fountains at the entrance to the trail by the lodge, and at the park, you can find snack bars, vending machines, a beach, boat rental, camping, playgrounds, BBQ grills, and picnic areas with picnic tables. Dogs are not allowed in the playground or on the beach, but are welcome everywhere else as long as they are leashed. The park has several other trails you can check out with your pooch if you'd like to extend your hike, but they are all a bit longer, with the difficulty ranging from easy to moderate.
From a quick walk to an afternoon of fun, check out the Touch of Nature Trail with your pup!