Pet Friendly Howard

Howard County has a lot to offer when it comes to furry friends. Whether you're visiting or engaging in hometown weekend fun, there are plenty of places to stay, places to eat, pet services and more. Pets and their owners will be purring - or howling - with delight!

Enjoy some time outdoors!

Howard County welcomes leashed animals and their owners to many parks. You can find a list of many of the great parks here.


Leashed dogs are welcome to wander the The Howard County Conservancy trails dawn to dusk everyday with a human friend. Please clean up after your pooch.


Savage Mill and the Savage Mill Trail are dog friendly! Your dog must be leashed at all times on the premises. Some shops and businesses don’t prefer having dogs in their store so please check ahead of time.


Bring your horse! This 192-acre park in Highland features an equestrian ring and riding trails. If you don’t have a horse, that’s okay, additional amenities include playing fields, picnic areas, historical interpretation and a state-of-the-art playground. Open from 7 a.m. to dusk


Dogs are invited to enjoy socializing and running without the confines of a leash. Park features include separate enclosures for large, small, timid & elderly dogs. A $5 day- pass fee and proof of current license and rabies apply. Handlers must be 18 years of age; children under the age of twelve are not allowed in off-leash area. Open seasonally, weather permitting.


Columbia DogPark is an off-leash area operated and maintained by Columbia Association. Columbia DogPark offers a recreation and park setting for dog lovers and dog owners to enjoy. The park consists of 2.7 acres divided into two fenced areas one for small and one for large dogs.

Relax for the night at a pet friendly hotel.

No need to leave your pooch at home, the Residence Inn by Marriott, Merriweather Lakehouse and Turf Valley Resort are ready to welcome you and your dog when your travels require you to be away for the night.