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Worthington Dog Park

Winter Closing: The Worthington Dog Park lower area will be closed from December 19 until around the end of March to reestablish the turf. The upper large dog area is open for use during this time. The lower small dog area will remain open as well. To assist with keeping grass during the winter please limit use during rainy or muddy days. Questions and more information, contact Steve Reed at slreed@howardcountymd.gov. 

8170 Hillsborough Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043 

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General Information:
Inclement Weather:

GPS Coordinates:
Decimal Degrees
NAD 83 datum
Latitude: 39.2482
Longitude: -76.7966

Hours of Operation:
7 AM to dusk


Worthington Dog Park picture 

Worthington Dog Park Map

Come and bark in the park at Howard County's premier dog park! Your pooch will have a great time socializing and running without the confines of a leash. Whether you are a big-dog family, a little-dog family, or in between, you can find the appropriate place for your furry friend in one of two separate enclosures: the regular area and the small, timid, or elderly dog area. There are also fenced areas for rent and dog training is available. The off-leash area is open seasonally, weather permitting.


  • Handlers must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the Off-Leash Area. Dogs can and will play roughly and it is not safe for the children or the dog owners.
  • Daily permit ($5 at park) or yearly permit (application is changing to calendar year); click here to download the Off-Leash Area Permit Application And Informational Guide.
  • Proof of current license and rabies vaccination.


Don't disappoint your dog. If it's raining or snowing, or the ground is damp, always call the Inclement Weather line, 410-313-4455, to verify that the Off-Leash Area is open before you go. The area may be closed due to rain, snow and/or muddy conditions.

If the park is open, but conditions are sloppy, please do not use the park until conditions improve. By doing so, you can ensure that the gates will remain open more often.

It is your responsibility to clean up after your dog! No one else should or will do that for you.

Dogs have different styles of play. Know your dog before you visit the park and be sensitive to other dogs and their owners. Watch your dog closely and be prepared to intervene if necessary.

For additional information about the Off-Leash Area at Worthington Park, visit the HoCoDog website. We are also pleased to provide a link to Animal Advocates.