Best Parks to Walk Your Dog in Washington, D.C.

April 25, 2014 9:00 AM

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It seems like the number of dogs in Washington, D.C. is starting to get larger than the number of people. Dog owners live in all parts of the city and the surrounding areas, so there is a need for places to walk dogs everywhere. Some great trails were featured in Best Dog Walking Trails In Washington DC, but you should also consider these parks when you need to walk your dog.

Stanton Park
4th St. and 6th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

Capitol Hill residents pass the time at this little park, reading books and people watching. Residents with dogs also enjoy the park, allowing their dogs to spend time with other dogs and get some exercise. This family-frequented park is great for those in the northeast looking for a nice place to let their dogs out day or night. Stop by this little park with your dog and you’ll likely be back for more visits.

The Rosedale Conservancy
3518 Newark St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016

There are parts of Washington, D.C. that were filled with trees and grass not too long ago, but are now developments of some sort. Over a decade ago, the Rosedale Conservancy was formed to prevent that from happening to three beautiful acres of land. The Cleveland Park “village green” is a large park of 18th century terraced lawns. Dogs love to run around leash free on the plush grass and hills. This park does require a membership and dog permit, but it is more than worth it.

Langdon Dog Park
2901 20th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20018

The Langdon Dog Park is a young dog park that aims to provide quality service for dogs and their owners. The park is an off-leash, fenced park that is for educational and charitable use. Dogs get plenty of exercise, the owners meet others in the community and everyone benefits from the positive atmosphere it creates. The Langdon Dog Park Association, which operates the park, looks to ultimately teach dog owners how to be better owners and help prevent cruelty to animals.

Related: Best Dog Walking Services In Washington DC

Montrose Park
R St. and 31st St. N.W.
Washington, DC 56901
(202) 426-6827

Exclusivity is a big part of sought-after things and experiences in D.C.; the hottest restaurant, club, membership – the more exclusive the better. The same rule applies to secret things; the less people who know about it, the better. Residents in the know about Montrose Park like to keep it that way. This beautiful, somewhat hidden gem is a favorite among those who know about it. You can stroll around and forget you are in a major city. And it is a favorite for dog owners as well. Escape the city while in the city with your four-legged friend.

Glencarlyn Park
301 S. Harrison St.
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 228-6525

Glencarlyn Park is a 95-acre park perfect for dog owners who have well behaved dogs. Dogs can run as far as they want, as if they lived in the forest. They can also splash around in the water under the waterfall. It is a great way for your dog to get exercise, fresh air and spend time in nature. Concrete parks are fine, but real trees and grass is so much better.

Related: Best Places To Take A Doggy Day Trip Near D.C.

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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