Outdoor Activities For You and Your Furry Friend Near Greenbelt


If you’re a dog owner who lives in College Park or another community in or near Greenbelt, Maryland, you and your pet have undoubtedly grown to appreciate the abundant and beautiful natural environments that the area has to offer. Newcomers to the area, however, may not realize just how dog friendly the greater Greenbelt area really is. Even longtime locals may have overlooked some key outdoor activities that they can enjoy with their furry friends. Here are just a few things that local residents and dog owners may want to explore. 

1. Greenbelt Dog Park – Not your average dog park, the Greenbelt Dog Park on Hanover Parkway was specifically created and designed to facilitate canine behavioral training and provide safe exercise opportunities. Overseen by both Greenbelt Animal Control and the Greenbelt Police Department with an overarching focus on responsible pet ownership, it is the first public facility of its kind in the State of Maryland. Open to Greenbelt residents with permits for $10 and to non-residents with permits for $30, the Greenbelt Dog Park keeps its canine visitors safe by ensuring that all owners present proof of rabies and DHPP vaccinations.

2. The Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center’s Pooch Plunge – An annual event in Greenbelt, the Pooch Plunge takes place in the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center’s outdoor pool. Described as a “splash party for you and your canine pal,” this event is hosted by the City of Greenbelt and the Greenbelt Animal Shelter was well as the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center. For a nominal fee, each dog accompanied by a single dedicated handler of at least 18 years of age can swim and play in the summer sun. Details about this year’s Pooch Plunge are currently uncertain in light of larger, global health concerns.

3. Potomac Heritage Trail – This dog-friendly multi-use trail is located within the city limits of Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. It may be a half-hour drive away from Greenbelt, but it is certainly worth the trip for its abundant wilderness nature trails and its immediate access to clean flowing streams. If you’re coming with your dog for a swim, however, you are advised to time your trip well. In certain seasons, the creek bed may run dry. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the Potomac Heritage Trail can be accessed from a convenient adjacent parking area on Arlington’s George Washington Memorial Parkway.
If you’re looking for the very best place to live near these dog friendly activities and more, the pet friendly Westchester Apartments in College Park near Greenbelt is a great option. This luxurious complex has exceptional and spacious units for rent that are ideal for you and your dog. In addition to their other high-end features, select apartments have access to outdoor space in the form of private patios or balconies.

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