Dog Parks in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia
Dog Parks are gaining in popularity in the Washington, DC area. They are designated areas (usually fenced) where dogs can play and exercise off-leash. Dog Parks are wonderful places for dogs (and their owners) to exercise and socialize. Know of some dog parks in the Washington DC area that we forgot to include?
In Washington, DC
Battery Kemble Park
2700 Chain Bridge Rd., between MacArthur Blvd. and Nebraska Ave., NW, Washington DC. This park includes picnic tables and walking trails. Owners typically let their dogs run off leash.
1801 E St., SE Washington DC. The cemetery requires dog owners to register for $200 and pay an annual $50 fee per dog for usage privileges. The fenced grounds make up one of the largest and most populated dog parks in DC.
Glover Park Dog Park
39th and W Sts., NW Washington DC. Next to Glover Archbold Park, this park includes several trails that lead into the woods. It’s open during daylight hours, and leashes are suggested.
11th St. and North Carolina Ave., NE Washington DC. This grassy park on Capitol Hill is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Make sure your dog is leashed-police have been known to issue tickets.
Sixth and E Sts., SE Washington DC. Located on Capitol Hill, the park is great for dog owners and is also a kid-friendly destination. Leashes are suggested.
Meridian Hill Park
Between 15th and 16th Sts. and W and Euclid Sts., NW Washington DC. Also known as Malcolm X Park. The best area for dogs is on the top level, where there’s a large grassy area.
Montrose Park and Dumbarton Oaks Park
32nd and R Sts., NW Washington DC. These two adjacent parks include grassy fields, playgrounds, and trails through the woods.
27th and Dumbarton Sts., NW Washington DC. Georgetown’s unofficial dog park. Dogs run carefree and unleashed.
17th and S Park
17th and S Sts., NW Washington DC. This small park is a popular meeting space for U Street and Dupont-area dog owners. Heavy traffic borders all sides of the park. Leashes are suggested.
Shaw Dog Park
11th St. between Q and R Sts., NW. Washington DC. Dogs run unleashed. There’s a three-dog maximum per person and a 33-dog park limit.
Walter Pierce Park Dog Run
1967 Calvert St., NW Washington DC. Collars must be removed, and dogs must be at least four months old to enter the run.
Maryland Dog Parks
Black Hill Regional Park
20030 Ridge Dr., Boyds, Maryland. Montgomery County’s Black Hill Park includes a half-acre fenced dog park fitted with picnic tables. Numerous trails head off into the woods toward the nearby Little Seneca Lake.
Cabin John Regional Park
10900 Westlake Drive Bethesda, Maryland. The new dog park includes two areas—one for large dogs and a separate area for small dogs. The dog park is completely fenced and currently FREE to use and open during regular park hours.
Gaithersburg Dog Park
Green Park, 151 Bickerstaff Way Gaithersburg, Maryland. The park includes a tot lot, a play area, basketball courts, a tennis court, hike trails and a 1 ½ acre fenced dog exercise area.
Ridge Road Recreational Park
21155 Frederick Rd., Germantown, Maryland. Located at the corner of Highway 355 and Ridge Road, the park is a popular meeting area and exercise spot for dogs.
Wheaton Regional Park
2000 Shorefield Rd., Wheaton, Maryland. Wheaton’s dog park is about a half acre in size and is enclosed by a chainlink fence, making it a popular destination for owners to let their dogs run free.
College Park Dog Park
Acredale Park in College Park, Maryland. The park is open to all residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. You must register each dog you wish to bring to the dog park, and you must renew your registration every year. The fee to register is $30 a year for the first dog, $10 for other dogs in the same household.
Greenbelt Dog Park
Hanover Parkway and Hanover Drive, Greenbelt, MD. The quarter-acre fenced dog park is only open to dogs living in the City of Greenbelt. The registration fee is $5 per dog and is a lifetime permit.
Maryland City Park
Brockbridge Road, Laurel, Maryland. The Dog Park is a public off-leash area that sits behind the baseball field There are two run areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs.
Northern Virginia Dog Parks
Baron Cameron Park
11300 Baron Cameron Ave., Reston, Virginia. This fenced off-leash area includes water containers and a separate area for smaller dogs. It’s open from dawn until dusk.
Chandon Dog Park
900 Palmer Dr., Herndon, Virginia. The fenced park is open from dawn to dusk and is a friendly meeting ground for dogs of all sizes.
13th and N. Hartford Sts., Arlington, Virginia. This off-leash, fenced park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Del Ray Dog Park
500 Monroe Ave., Alexandria, Virginia. The fenced dog park sits next to two baseball fields.
Fort Ethan Allen Community Canine Area
3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington, Virginia. The off-leash, fenced park has drinking fountains, picnic tables, benches, and a playground.
Four Mile Run Park
3100 South Glebe Rd., Arlington, Virginia. The park has separate fenced-in areas for small and large dogs, a creek for swimming, and a running path.
801 S. Scott St., Arlington, Virginia. Dogs must be leashed upon entering and exiting but can reign leash-free inside the fenced grounds.
Benjamin Banneker Park
1701 North Van Buren St, Arlington, Virginia. The dog recreation area allows dogs to roam and play off leash.
2601 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington Virginia. The 29 acre park offers lots of space for dogs and their owners to play.