Dog Friendly Activities Near Deep Creek Lake

If you are visiting Deep Creek Lake and looking for dog friendly activities in the area, look no further! We have figured out all the top spots to take your furry friends, including restaurants, hiking trails, and cabin rentals. 

Deep Creek Lake is Maryland’s largest lake, covering approximately 3,900 acres and 69 miles of shoreline. It is our favorite vacation spot on the east coast to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Deep Creek Lake offers the best all-season adventures – water sports, boating, hiking, snowshoeing, local shopping, and more. If you want to truly experience lake life, Deep Creek Lake is the place to go. 

One of our favorite things about Deep Creek Lake is the dog-friendly atmosphere. We enjoy taking our dogs on vacation and the dog-friendly facility at Blue Moon Rising – they are part of the family too!” 

 Below are the best dog friendly activities near Deep Creek Lake. 

Dog Friendly Restaurants 

If it’s a dog friendly restaurant – count us in! Below are a few dog-friendly restaurants near Deep Creek Lake. You can see a full list of dog friendly restaurants we suggest here.

Dog on Rock

Moon Shadow 

Moon Shadow is our favorite restaurant with a great selection of food, beverages, and live music. They have a variety of vegan and vegetarian options included in their menu, although it is not limited to those. Bring your dogs to join you on their outdoor patio. 

Black Bear Tavern

If you’re looking to catch a sports game, Black Bear Tavern is the best sports bar near Deep Creek Lake. You can enjoy a game of pool or foosball while you enjoy a beer and food. Dogs are welcome at this location on the outside deck.

The Vagabond Taproom

Vagabond carries a vast selection of regional and local beers, wine, and cider – as well as small bites and desserts. Take advantage of their pint for pint offer. If you bring a pint glass from a different destination, you will get your first pint of beer for free. Bring your pets with you for their outdoor dining. 

Dog Friendly Activities, Parks, and Trails

There are numerous parks and trails near Deep Creek Lake where you can walk your dog on a leash. Below are just a few examples. You can see a full list of dog-friendly parks and trails we suggest here.

Dog in woods

Deep Creek State Park

You can find hiking trails, campsites, a swim beach, and boating at Deep Creek State Park. Plan ahead so you can take advantage of all that the state park has to offer. There are plenty of trails and picnic areas you can bring your dog to. 

Hoyes Crest

Hoyes Crest is the highest peak in Maryland at 3,360′. Enjoy this moderate to difficult hike, and enjoy the views at the top. Dogs are allowed on the trails with a leash.

Kendall Trail

Kendall Trail is a 4-mile out and back hike for all ages. This is kid friendly and dog friendly. Bring the whole family out to Kendall Trail where you can spot natural flowers and wildlife along the Youghiogheny River.

Reserve A Cabin

At Blue Moon Rising, your dog is always welcome! We host dog friendly vacation rentals at Deep Creek Lake. We believe that your dog is part of your family – and hey, dogs need vacations too! 

If you have stayed at one of our cabins with your dog, please send us a photo! We love seeing all the fur friends that stay at our rentals.



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