Dog Beaches in Maryland
A great way to spend a hot summers day with your dog is at the beach. We are so lucky to have 4 different dog friendly beaches in our area. Assateague National Sheashore, Downs Memorial Dog Park, Matapeake Park, and Terrapin Nature Park. Although all of these beaches are not right around the corner, they will make for a great day trip with your dogs. Think about it… taking a stroll on the beach with your pooch or splashing in the waves sounds like a perfect summers day.
Assateague National Seashore, not to be confused with Assateague State Park ( which is not dog friendly) is a short 8 miles from Ocean City. Here, your dog can enjoy the beautiful beaches of Assateague with you and your family. Also, for all of you that have retrievers (or other dogs that like to retrieve 😉 in the off season your dog can retrieve off lead in the water. For all of you horse lovers keep an eye out for the wild horses that roam the island.
Downs Park is a 236 acre park located in Pasadena. Here your dog can run freely up on the beach and in the water. You and your dog can enjoy the Chesapeake Bay together. If you are looking for a place for your dog to play with other dogs on the beach, sounds like this is the beach for you!
Matapeake Park is also a very dog friendly beach where your dog can run off lead on the beaches and water. This park is located in Stevensville just across the bay bridge. There is a public beach with a clubhouse, with a nearby trail that goes along the dog park. Sounds like a blast!
Terrapin Nature Park is nearby Matapeake Park in Stevensviile. The entrance is located off Log Canoe Circle. The trail to gain access to this beach is through a 270 acre nature park, through marsh, tidal ponds, and woodlands for all of your adventurous dogs and dog owners. Here you will see great view of the Chesapeake at a small beach along the shore.
Hope you all enjoy the beautiful beaches that we have nearby. How lucky we are to have these four awesome places to share with our dog friends so close to home! Have a great sumer, and enjoy the beach!