Top Dog-Friendly Beaches of the Mid-Atlantic

dog-friendly beaches - chihuahua relaxing on beachVacation isn’t much fun unless you can bring the furriest member of your family, right? But where are the most dog-friendly spots to have fun in the sun?

Here are a few ideas:

Cape Henlopen State Park

The state parks of Delaware have rules for visiting dogs, so the spaces are kept clean and safe. The Operations and Maintenance Section of the Parks and Regulations Board expect dog owners to be responsible for their pets.They anticipate that owners will clean up after their pets, and able to provide proof of rabies vaccinations. Some beaches are also accessible to pets, and some are not. The state parks provide clear maps with guidelines for where dogs are and are not allowed. Dogs are not generally allowed on “swimming” beaches during the summer season, but are permitted on surfing and fishing beaches.

Try camping with your pup at the beach! For example, Cape Henlopen in Lewes, Delaware is a great place to take your dog. Plus, there are plenty of cute towns around this sandy nature spot with dog-friendly businesses to explore nearby. Your dog will love the sandy pine forest!

Presque Isle State Park

The beautiful beaches of Lake Erie are a sight to see. Presque Isle State Park is a sandy peninsula into Lake Erie. It covers a large area: 3,200 acres to be exact. The park is dog-friendly and includes many beaches that you will want to experience. There are plenty of opportunities for picnicking, boating, fishing, and hiking. In fact, there are 11 miles of trails!

Elms Beach Park

Beautiful Elms Beach Park on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland offers swimming, hiking, picnicking, and fishing. Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed, and visitors can go crabbing in the Bay.

Keep in mind, the park does charge a $10 entry fee per car. It may not be free entry, but it’s well worth the price to explore the 476-acre park.

Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake in Maryland is a great place to take your pup. If you and your family love hiking and your dog can keep up, it’s even better. However, if you plan on a hiking with your dog, make sure you know his level of stamina. And, never leave for a hike without water for everyone! Dehydration can spell disaster on a hot day.

Opportunities for fishing, hiking, and watersports abound in Deep Creek. There are plenty of pet-friendly rentals. Some renters even cater to dogs!

You and your furry friend can’t go wrong with one of these dog-friendly beaches!