Weather in Washington, D.C. is not always amenable to walking. Although temperatures are usually moderate, they do reach extremes of both hot and cold! Summers are humid and can be uncomfortable for walking. Plan walks earlier or later in the day. Winters are cold with sub-freezing temperatures and you need a warm coat to be comfortable walking during winter months. Avoid thunderstorms in warm weather and occasional blizzards or Atlantic storms in cold months that create dangerous conditions for pedestrians and pets.
There are condominium complexes, apartments, and semi-detached homes throughout the region. Some single-family homes are mostly concentrated on the north side. Private properties often have good sized yards and are well landscaped.
The terrain is quite hilly. If you and your pup have mobility issues, getting around the neighborhood can be tiring. Some areas are more level and most inclines are not overly steep, so most pedestrians and pets can travel the area without too much difficulty. The residential streets are lined with separate sidewalks, so pedestrians and their furry friends have safe walkways.
The Oxon Run Parkway runs along the community's east side. There is a paved trail along the creek that is ideal for dog walkers to take a stroll with their canine companions. Most of the parkway is open with grassy areas, but there are some trees. The trail is popular with cyclists as well, so keep your dog leashed and watch out for two-wheeled traffic.
The Shepherd Parkway and Fort Greble Park are located on the west side of Bellevue. The Shepherd Park has a heavily wooded area with nature trails. Dirt trails have varying conditions, depending on recent weather. The Fort Greble Park has sports fields and facilities, a spray park, and a playground. There are some paved paths in the recreation area for dog walkers and, when sports teams and students from the local school are not using the grounds, you can enjoy a run or some play with your pup in the open areas!