Life can be tough for a canine living in a big city, but fortunately, the DC area offers several dog parks that allow pooches to make friends, run to their heart’s content, or cool down with a splash.

District of Columbia – Map of DC Dog Parks

DC Dog Parks including applications for proposed new areas

Langdon Dog Park (2901 20th Street NE, between N. Franklin St and N. Hamlin St) is a fenced-in, off-leash dog run with a spacious new playground, plentiful water fountains, and thoughtful design. A separate area is marked off just for little balls of fur, and numerous bags and trash cans encourage owners to contribute to keeping the park pristine.

Lansburgh Dog Park (95 M Street SW)  There are two fenced off areas – a 2,000 square-foot area for small dogs and 8,000 square feet for large dogs; each section has water stations. There are also seating areas for dog owners to relax and watch their canine companions play.

Lincoln Park (East Capitol and 11th St, in the NE Capitol Hill neighborhood)  provides a versatile spot of greenery that’s therapeutic for people and dogs alike. Plunked right in the middle of DC activity, the park includes two children’s playgrounds and an unfenced large area for dogs to play. The park is not off-leash.

Kingman Field Dog Park (D St NE & Tennessee Ave NE) Two separate dog areas and water spigots. The park has a grass ring on the perimeter.

Montrose Park (R St and 32 St NW in Georgetown), while not strictly a dog park, is a beautiful park that’s favored heavily by locals.  The well-connected dog community permits dogs to run off-leash and ensures proper etiquette.

Newark Street Dog Park (39th St NW and Newark St NW) offers separate play areas for large and small dogs with benches and water fountains for human visitors and water bowls for the canine variety.

Rosedale Conservancy  (3518 Newark St NW, between N 35th St and N 36th St in Cleveland Park) permits dogs to roam off-leash for several hours each day; other times, dogs must remain on leashes in deference to visitors who are unaccompanied by pets.

Tumo in Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park (Washington DC) Urban oasis with hiking trails, tennis & golf, plus ranger-led wildlife programs, horse stables & an amphitheater. An oasis in our nation’s capital, the park offers hiking and biking trails, historical sites and exhibits, nature and planetarium programs and more.

S Street Dog Park (S St at 17th St NW) The cozy run is covered with antimicrobial turf to promote cleanliness and prevent digging, and a water fountain ensures that pooches stay adequately hydrated.

Shaw Dog Park  (1651 11th St NW, between N Q St and N R St) A double gated entry keeps dogs secure, and plentiful bags, trash cans, water, and water bowls keep everyone healthy and clean. Evening romps are encouraged with lights, and a separate area is designated for small dogs.

Stanton Park (C St between 4th and 6th St NE in the Capitol Hill/Northeast neighborhood) generally sees an eclectic mix of dogs and dog owners as well as families who enjoy the fenced-in children’s playgrounds. A loosely enclosed area allows dogs to socialize and run off extra energy.

Upshur Dog Park (4300 Arkansas Ave NW) “Though it gets dusty, this park offers a great opportunity for the dogs to run and socialize, leaving their human parents to socialize with other human parents.”

Maryland

Montgomery County Dog Parks   No fees or permits are required to use Montgomery Parks Dog Parks.

Cabin John Dog Park (Cabin John Regional Park, MD) Located near the miniature train in Cabin John Regional Park, this half-acre dog park is enclosed with a 6-foot chain link fence, allowing dogs to run and exercise off-leash.

College Park Dog Park (College Park, MD) Membership required: $40 for the first dog in the household, $30 for the second
College Park Dog Park is open for members who would like to exercise and socialize their dogs. The half-acre area of the park is fenced for dogs to romp.

Greenbelt Dog Park (Greenbelt, MD) Established to help promote responsible pet ownership and enhance canine training, behavior, and safe exercise opportunities. The dog park is for the use and enjoyment of City of Greenbelt residents only. You must fill out and submit a Dog Park Use Application before using the facility.

Heurich Dog Park (Hyattsville MD) The Heurich Dog Park is a one-acre fenced area for dogs to play off-leash with fellow canines. The park includes separate areas for large and small dogs. Includes a pavilion for shade, agility obstacles, and a drinking fountain.  No membership required.

Takoma Park Dog Park (Takoma Park, MD) The new park has a flat, packed gravel surface and a large slope covered in artificial turf. Currently, there is no shelter or shade (at least, until the surrounding trees leaf out), nor is there a source for water. “We’re still going to build some shade and there will be water eventually to the dog park as well,” Edgell said.

Wheaton Regional Park Dog Park (Silver Spring, MD) Half-acre dog park is enclosed with a 6-foot chain link fence, allowing dogs to run and exercise off-leash. The facility is open for use sunrise to sunset.

Virginia

Four Mile Run Park (Alexandria, VA) Public area offering fishing, athletic fields, a basketball court, a playground & a walking trail.

Glencarlyn Park (Arlington, VA) offers a peaceful haven for those who want to commune with nature and a dog run with a stream for active pooches.

Shirlington Park (South Arlington, VA) offers a long and narrow exercise run with double-entry gates. A path beyond the fence heads toward a stream where pets – and owners – can cool off with a splash; some liken it to walking in the woods, except here your dog can explore freely. In fact, many consider Shirlington Park the best Washington, DC dog spot for mixing nature walks, water play, and socialization.