Garrett County, MD: Pet Paradise

It’s a great place to live or visit with your pet (especially your dog!)

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Dog parks

Oakland Town Dog Park
27 Oakland Rosedale Road, Oakland, MD 21550

McHenry Community Park (operated by the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club)
1249 Bumble Bee Rd Accident MD 21520

Pick up your dog waste!

County and Municipal areas

  • 7 of the 8 incorporated municipalities have some form of walking path suitable for short walks (Accident, Friendsville, Grantsville, Kitzmiller, Loch Lynn, Mountain Lake Park and Oakland)
  • County-owned recreational properties: Fork Run, McHenry Community Park and Casselman Soccer Fields
  • Leashed, licensed and vaccinated dogs are not prohibited in any of these areas, to the best of my knowledge
  • Use your best judgement and check before you go if possible
  • Garrett County Animal Control Ordinance:

State parks

  • Big Run – camping
  • Casselman River – not much for dogs
  • Deep Creek Lake – camping, trails, swimming
  • Herrington Manor – camping, trails, swimming
  • New Germany – camping, trails, swimming
  • Sang Run – trail
  • Swallow Falls – trails, camping
  • Wolf Den Run – camping, trails

Other State Land

  • Savage River SF – Trails and camping throughout
  • Potomac-Garrett SF – Trails and camping throughout
  • Mt Nebo WMA trail
  • Youghigheny NEA trail

State Park Pet Rules

  • All pets must be licensed and have all required vaccinations, including a rabies vaccination.
  • Pets must be leashed. Pets may be off-leash and under voice control while swimming in designated areas or hunting (with the appropriate permit).
  • Pet owners must clean up after their pet. Waste disposal containers are available in most areas.
  • Service animals are permitted in all pedestrian areas.
  • Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed in park buildings or playgrounds.
  • Pet owners must obey all park signs that prohibit the entry of pets into specific areas.
  • Excessive barking is not permitted in any park area, especially during campground “quiet hours” (10:00 p.m.- 7:00 a.m.).

Federal recreation areas

  • Jennings Randolph Lake
  • •Youghiogheny River Lake
    • Both MD and PA sides have campgrounds and boat launches
  • •I have only been able to find rules related to pets in the camping areas (allowed on leash) but nothing about pets in the other areas – use your best judgement

Swimming spots

  • Deep Creek, Herrington Manor and New Germany Lakes (with the limitations per the table above
  • Yough River and Jennings Randolph Lakes – not explicitly prohibited that I can find
  • Yough, Potomac and Savage Rivers – there are some level sandy public access areas on these rivers, but I’d be reluctant to let my dog swim in them
  • NO Swimming for dogs: Broadford Lake and  probably Savage River Reservoir (humans are not allowed to swim there)

Good trails for dogs

  • I like low traffic, wide straight (good visibility) trails when hiking with my dog:
    • Mt Nebo
    • Negro Mt
    • Asa Durst
    • Wallman and Laurel Run areas
  • Also, trails that follow a stream or river can be nice
    • Poplar Lick and Monroe Run trails
    • Kendall trail

Local veterinarians

Published by Narrows Hill

Explore and connect with where you live. Some mapping, history and community service organization stuff related to Garrett County, Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding area. I'm Chris - welcome to my online attic!

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