7 Best Dog Beaches in Maryland

There’s nothing better than spending some time at the beach in the summer, especially if you can take your furry friend with you! Before you head to the beach, read our blog post on 7 items your dog needs at the beach. Here are 7 of the best dog friendly beaches in Maryland:

1) Assateague National Seashore

7206 National Seashore Ln, Berlin, MD, US, 18032

Price: $20 per person for 7 days

Information from BringFido: Dogs are allowed on the beach along the Maryland portion of Assateague National Seashore, but are not permitted on the nature trails or anywhere within the Virginia portion of Assateague Island. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash at all times.

Photo above via @theo.the.doodle

2) Quiet Waters Park

600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403

Price: $6 per vehicle per day

Information: Dogs are allowed on the Quiet Waters Dog Beach for most months of the year. There are 2 dog parks that they can also play in and several trails to explore on leash. The park is closed to the public on Tuesdays.

 

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3) Downs Memorial Park Dog Beach

8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD 21122

Price: $6 per vehicle per day

Information from BringFido: Located off the perimeter trail in Downs Memorial Park, the Downs Memorial Park Dog Beach is a fantastic place for new dogs to learn to swim or veteran canine swimmers to enjoy some time in the water. Once you and your dog are done with the water fun, leash your pup up for a walk on the more than 5 miles of trails through the park.

4) Matapeake Park Dog Beach

1112 Romancoke Road, Stevensville MD, 21666

Price: Free admission, but must pay for parking

Information from BringFido: Matapeake has a public beach with a clubhouse, and a nearby trail that winds around to the dog beach section. The trail itself is a nice short hike for the dog, yet is long enough that it’s adequately separated from the public areas. Dogs can run off leash, retrieve in the water, and sniff out the surroundings.

5) Terrapin Nature Park

191 Log Canoe Cir, Stevensville, MD, US, 21666

Information from BringFido: This hidden gem of a park has unlikely access through an industrial/business area. The entrance is gained off Log Canoe Circle. Park in the parking lot and follow the trail. The trail winds around the 270-acre nature park through woodlands, marsh, and tidal ponds. Take one of the side trails off to the left to get to the beach that runs along the shore of the Chesapeake that allows dogs on a leash. The views of the Bay are great and the surroundings tranquil. The beach isn’t huge, but Rover will love the romp.

6) Bayfront Park

7255 Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD, US, 20732

Price: Cost from Memorial Day through Labor Day: $13/adult, $9/senior (55+), $9/child (up to age 11). Free during the offseason.

Information from BringFido: Leashed-dog friendly beach on the Chesapeake, also known as Brownie’s Beach. Find fossilized shark teeth in the sand, play in the waves., or go for a swim.

7) Elk Neck State Park

4395 Turkey Point Rd, North East, MD 21901

Price: Admission on weekdays is $3 per vehicle and $3 per person on weekends, but add on a dollar to each charge if you’re visiting from outside Maryland.

Information from Tripping: Halfway between Baltimore and Philly, Elk Neck State Park sits on a peninsula separating the north end of the Chesapeake Bay and the mouth of Elk River. Diverse terrain, sights and landmarks can be found in distinct areas of the 2,000 acre protected wilderness, yet the draw for folks with dogs is the North East Beach Area, where pups can run around and swim in the off-season months (before April and after October). People may swim here too, but only when buoys are marked and during the summer months; in lieu of swimming weather or desire, hike with a canine companion to the end of White Banks Trail to see cliff drops and impressive views of the bay.. Unless previously specified, keep your pet leashed.

 

Many Maryland Dog Beaches are located in areas with trees. We recommend doing a tick check on you and your pup when you get home! If there are any beaches we missed, feel free to leave a comment below.

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