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Hard Struggle Homestead

Frederick, Maryland
30 acres
5.031 reviews
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Hosted by Lisa & Mark B.




Fencing details: There is high tensile fence on the east side of the property with white fence posts. With a gate that is generally open at the boundary of our property.

Audible/visible from spot

Only the people and dogs included in your booking can be in the spot during your visit. This section refers to distractions seen/heard from the spot.


Other domestic animalsSometimes


Private entryNo




River, stream or creek

Trash can


Parkour obstacles

$10 per dog per hour

50% off all dogs after the 1st dog

25% off hourly price for 30 min visit



Complete freedom to roam on 30 acres with a bonus that our land is surrounded by another 200+ acres of electric company owned land with no roads, no cars, no neighbors… just grass and forest. We occasionally have farm animals positioned on an acre or 2 who are fully fenced in. If you see blue fence posts with white wire / rope running between them, please assume the fence is electrified. We would ask that you use caution with your dogs around the livestock areas so as not to frighten the animals or the dogs! We have a Google Earth picture roughly showing the property lines and the driveway for you to use while exploring. Bonus: We are a small farm so if you are interested in picking up some chicken or pork - send us a message and we can have your order ready for pick up when you arrive. You can visit www.hardstrugglehomestead.com for more info and details or just message us about our to-go farm products. There is no house on the property. Just a camper and a shed. Park anywhere on the road or at the big circle at the top (near the farm office.) We have wifi near the brown shed at the top of the road. Wifi: HSH Password: HardStruggleHomestead We are happy to say hello and give you a tour of our farm and answer any questions about how we raise our chicken and pigs. We are also happy to give you a future free sniff spot hour with the purchase of chicken or pork! Just inquire within! Be forewarned that our land is on the side of a mountain so the walk up the driveway will be on a slow incline. Your dogs will be tired after this trip, we promise. Update: April 2023 As of April 1st there are no animals or livestock on site except for a colony of bees which are fenced in with an electric fence.


100% of guests said this spot was as clean as expected during their visit.


Uneven ground in the forest - watch your step. You may see wildlife, deer, birds, squirrels, rabbits, turtles or many other forest creatures. There is a colony of honey bees on site fenced in with an electric fence.

Host Rules

Minimum visit length
30 minutes
Required advanced notice for visits
1 hour
Max dogs per booking

Community safety rules
Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the spot.
Make sure the area is safe and secure before bringing your dog in.
Arrive and leave on time, this is important for safety.
Pick up after your dogs. Leave the spot as it was when you arrived.
Always review and abide by spot specific rules.
Unless otherwise stated, restrooms are not available on site.

Booking Policies

Booking Policies
Only one booking is allowed at a time at any spot and there is an enforced 30 min buffer between all bookings to ensure dogs in separate bookings do not meet.
This spot is set for Booking, which means you will be instantly confirmed for any booking you request. You will receive the address and access instruction immediately following booking.
Visits can be moved or cancelled up to 2 hours before a visit.
Visits can be extended and dogs can be added throughout the visit.

(31) Reviews

  • Tina M., May 28, 2023

    Wonderful wide open space! We had a blast exploring!

  • Carla C., May 27, 2023

    It’s a beautiful space with alot of space that my fur baby loved to explore and sniff around. Quiet and relaxing.

  • Lauren T., May 23, 2023

    Amazing Sniffspot, we would absolutely return. We parked at the entrance gate and walked up the driveway, easily took up the full hour. We saw deer and turkeys, Obi doesn't have a strong prey drive, but good to know if your dog does! Absolutely gorgeous and clean spot.

  • Nina R., May 12, 2023

    This spot was a breath of fresh air from your standard manicured trails. There were so many beautiful wildflowers! Perhaps I missed it, but I saw no real trail in the woods, and many of the branches hang low. For my dog on a long line, she definitely got tangled often. However, my off leash dog LOVED running in the meadow area. There are some tire tracks that make a nice path through the meadow. If your dog is off leash, please know highway 15 is within sight of the Spot. Definitely watch out for ticks in the tall grass, and make sure your dog is up to date on preventions. The hosts’ instructions were clear, concise, and very helpful in finding the spot.

  • Hannah N., May 6, 2023

    There are a variety of different spaces to explore here—including woods, long driveway (gravel) and some spaces with tall grass. Our dogs have recall but are not always the best at listening. This was a great place to get some off leash and recall training. No distractions other than a few deer (and other little critters).

  • Shannon L., Apr 14, 2023

    so fun!

  • Beckie B., Apr 12, 2023

    Had a great time!! We will be sure be back before we end our vacation in MD!!

  • Shannon S., Apr 9, 2023

    We had a wonderful time at this spot! Options to walk along trails, through the woods, or along the gravel driveway. Loads of space for our pups to explore and they left very happy and very tired!

  • Katie (and Mike) C., Apr 8, 2023

    Great place - you can walk thru the woods or stick to the long driveway. Plus our pup loved the stream.

  • Jessica D., Apr 4, 2023

    It was perfect! Lisa & Mark were super helpful.. we'll definitely be back!

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