Baltimore/Washington Dog Hiking Resources

The following resources may be useful to you and your dog when planning a hiking trip.  Links have been provided where possible. Choose from the following catagories:

  • Books: Read more about hiking with and without your dog

  • Organizations: Groups that may be able to offer you information on hiking and backpacking

  • Outfitters: Places to outfit you and your dogs.

  • Miscellaneous:  Not hiking necessities, but fun stuff for you and your dog.


General hiking and camping:

Dogs on the Trail - by Gary Hoffman
Insightout Publishing (June 1, 2005)
ISBN: 0976994305
A good, all around resource for dog hikers.

Hiking With Your Dog: Happy Trails - 3rd Edition, by Gary Hoffman
Publisher: ICS Books, (April, 2002)
ASIN: 1570340773

Wilderness Medicine, 5th Edition. Beyond First Aid, by Wm. Forgey, M.D.
1994, ICS Books, One Tower Plaza, 107 E. 89th Ave., Merriville, IN 46410
(800) 541-7323

A Guide to Backpacking with Your Dog, by Charlene G. LaBelle, 1993,
Alpine Publications Inc., P.O. Box 7027, Loveland, CO 80537. )

Backpacking with Your Dog, A Nuts 'n' Bolts Guide, by Richard Lerner, D.V.M.
1994, , Menasha Ridge Press, 3169 Cahaba Heights Rd., Birmingham, AL 35243

On the Trail With Your Canine Companion, Getting the Most out of Hiking and Camping with Your Dog
by Cheryl S. Smith, 1996, Howell Book House,
A Simon & Schuster Macmillan Company, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.
Has more extensive may or may not need them since you can find most stuff on the internet these days.

Baltimore/Washington Area Guides:

Baltimore Trails: A Guide for Hikers and Mountain Bikers, by by Bryan Mackay
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; (April 2002)
ISBN: 0801868068
A well researched guide to the trails and natural history of the Baltimore area.

Country walks near Baltimore, Fisher, Alan Hall
Pub. 1993 (3rd edition)

The Baltimore Trail Book, by James W. Poultney(Editor), Suzanne Meyer Mittenthal
Paperback Revised edition (August 1985)
Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; ISBN: 0801829437


SOLO-Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities 
offers classes in all levels of first aid and wilderness medicine

PATC-Potomac Appalachian Trail Club 
sponsors classes in hike leadership, wilderness first aid, trail maintenance and more

NVHC-Northern Virginia Hiking Club

Offer hikes where dogs are permitted and also host regularly scheduled "Hound Hikes".  Check the schedule listing on their home page for details.

CHAOS-Chesapeake Hiking and Outdoor Society


Outfitters and Supplies

Dog Powered Sports Dog Powered Sports - A Baltimore company specializing in equipment and information for dog hiking, biking, skiing, rollerblading, sledding and carting. The site includes equipment for these activities as well as chat rooms and other tools for dog powered sports.

REI-stores in College Park (MD), Bailey's Crossroads (VA) and others
Outdoor clothing and gear. Also offer classes and evening seminars on gear, destinations, first aid, land navigation and more

R.C. Steele - (800) 872-3773 (New York). Has good selection of cages and general supplies such as bedding, leashes, etc. Also supplies for other animals, including fish.

Cherrybrook - (800) 524-0820 (New Jersey). Emphasis is mostly on dog supplies but they have some stuff for cats and other animals. Good selection of books & videos.

Omaha Vaccine - (800) 367-4444 (Nebraska). Emphasis on medications, but also offers toys, treats, specialty items, crates and supplies for other animals.

Dogwise Book Catalog - (800) 776-2665 (Washington) Especially good for basic training and popular activities such as obedience, tracking, agility, flyball, etc. Offers general interest books on animal health, breed characteristics, children & dogs, etc., and a scoring system telling which books are most frequently ordered.


K9TB Stuff On-Line - Two on-line companies offer K9TB shirts and accessories for you and your dog: and  These companies manufacture, sell, ship and keep the profits for these items.  We just ask you to hike responsibly when wearing the K9TB logo!