Top 5 Dog Friendly Hiking Trails and Parks in Gaithersburg and North Potomac Maryland
Hiking is a great way to bond with your dog. My dog, Pepper, loves to explore the outdoors and discover new smells and animals. When I first got her, I wasn’t sure where the best hiking trails were to take her. But after some “trails” and errors (no pun intended 😉), I found some pretty awesome areas to go hiking and for some off-leash fun.
Here are my top 5 dog friendly hiking trails and parks in Gaithersburg, North Potomac, and Rockville Maryland:
Located in Rockville, The Carl Henn Millennium Trail is a 10-mile trail that circles the city of Rockville, Maryland. The trail is mainly a commuter trail, but we recommend hiking around the Wootton Parkway area. The trail snakes through residential neighborhoods, into the wooded areas and back out to the main roads. It great for an afternoon sniffari!
This trail-head consists of 9 miles of natural surface trail traversing the Muddy Branch valley in twists and turns before reaching the Blockhouse Point Conservation Park in Potomac. The trail has varied terrain and ecosystems including rocky upland forest, stream-banks, and meadows. It’s the perfect trail for your pup to sniff, explore, and discover new sights and smells!
Although the area is small with only half an acre, this park has a lot to offer for families and pets. It includes play areas for children, a learning center, and room for you and your dog to play and explore, perfect for an afternoon with the family! Hours of operation are from 7am to 6pm.
Seneca Ridge Trail is an 11-mile trail that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. This trail is great for hiking and mountain biking. The trail is also safe for your dog’s paws so make sure to bring them with you on your hike!
McKee-Beshers is a wildlife management area with over 2,000 acres. It’s probably my favorite place to go with Pepper when it’s nice outside. They have the most beautiful sunflowers during summer and with over 2,000 acres, there’s plenty of space for Pepper to run and play off-leash!
Doing any activity with your dog helps build a strong relationship and bond with them. Pepper and I have built a strong bond with a lot of off-leash training and play. Places like McKee-Beshers is a great place to train and play with your pup off-leash. Comment below if you’ve been to any of these places. We’d love to hear about your experience!
And if you’re hungry after enjoying one of these hikes and are looking for some of our top recommendations for pet-friendly restaurants in Gaithersburg, check out our blog post here!