Downs Park is absolutely a blast for both the dog and the owner! You’ll enjoy watching them run around and play with the others as the waves slowly roll in. Our dog Kiwi doesn’t like swimming too much but he gets in the shallow water to run through it.
This is one of my favorite spots early on the trail. There is a nice view from the shade and I appreciate these trees. Especially now that we’re in California! There is a lot less green in our area of the state. Maryland is lush and beautiful, it rains frequently, and climate is relatively moderate most of the time. Although it gets very humid, so make sure that you are well hydrated and prepared!
Of course, state law requires your dog to be on a leash at all times, except in designated dog areas. If you follow the trail down to the dog beach section, you can let them run free! There are many great dog trainers in the area, I highly encourage you to look for Smashingly Respectful Dog Training. Ashley does a wonderful job with dog obedience training and helping you to bond with your best friend!
Kiwi being silly while I tried getting a solar flare shot from the beach!
And when it’s time to go, there are these awesome stairs to climb! Not nearly as many as we found out in our next adventure in Georgia! Be sure to check out that blog post here (spoiler: there were a countless number of stairs to climb to the waterfall).
We hope that you’ll check out Downs Park in Maryland, it’s $5 to enter, since it’s a State Park. Well worth a visit with the family! You can even have a picnic there. There are also festivities during certain times of the year, so be sure to look at their website for more information.