Heading out into town with your dog is a great way to build your bond with them. It’s an opportunity for more complex training opportunities and, above all, it’s just plain fun.

However, the challenge is actually finding places you can take your dog, since they are not exactly welcome in all establishments. We feel your pain, so here are our picks for some of the best places to take your dog in Carroll County.

Bennett Cerf Dog Park

Sometimes the simplest answer is the best one. Taking your pup to a dog park is an easy way to let them get out of the house and stretch their legs. The Bennett Cerf Dog Park is located at 544 Manchester Road in Westminster, Maryland. Dog parks are also great for socializing your dog. Dogs need friends too!

The dog park has been around since 2013 and was largely community funded. The Friends of Bennett Cerf Dog Park raised about 15 grand for the project and have maintained the park ever since.

To visit the park, you will need a membership that you can obtain by filling out this form.ย Membership costs $30 and will need to be renewed each year.

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Hashawha Environmental Centerย 

If you’re looking for a way to dive into the natural world with your dog that is a little less structured than a dog park, check out the Hashawha Environmental Center. There are a good number of trails that you can hike with your furry friend.

There’s also a little creek for your dog to play in if they’re of a mind to do so. These guys sure look like they had fun in the water!


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Greene Turtle

After you’re done running and playing in the woods, you’re going to need to take a break and grab a bite to eat. Thankfully, the Greene Turtle has outdoor seating that is dog-friendly. They will also bring your dog a nice little bowl of water so that they can refresh and relax along with you.

Turtles are also welcome, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Kismet Cafeย 

The Kismet Cafe in Eldersburg is another great place to stop into with your pup if you’re looking for something a little more low-key. They have bagels, coffee, and all sorts of light fare to help you recharge for another long hike. Their outdoor seating is open to four-legged customers, so grab a seat, and enjoy the weather before it starts raining again!

Photo unrelated, but man, isn’t he cute?

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