Benning is a neighborhood located on the northeast side of Washington, D.C. There are schools, churches, and a library in the neighborhood with recreational centers to the south in adjacent neighborhoods that can be reached on foot. There is a local shopping area with a grocery store located on the north side of the community and there is a fast food outlet, a bank, and other local services available here that are within easy reach for pedestrians.
Dog walkers in Washington, D.C. enjoy pleasant walking weather in spring and fall and on mild winter days and temperate summer days. However, sub-freezing winter temperatures and snow does occur frequently and requires you to be prepared with warmer gear for taking your dog out daily. Summer weather can also see extreme temperatures with very hot days and occasional thunderstorms. Avoid storms and extreme heat by checking forests and adjusting your walking schedule accordingly.
The terrain in Benning is hilly in many places and climbs up steep grades. Inclines can be tiring in extremely hot or cold weather, so plan your route accordingly. Sidewalks are present in most areas and provide separate safe walkways for people and pets.
Most of the area is a developed urban neighborhood with a variety of dwelling types. Apartments, row houses, duplexes, multi-family units, and single-family homes are all prevalent in the community. Brick construction is common in the area and properties are well landscaped with lawns, gardens, and trees which create quiet streets for walks.
Fort Mahan Park lies across the northern border of Benning. This fort was part of a chain of a civil war earthworks designed to protect the region. This park is built at the former site of this installation on the top of a round hill with a flat crown. The slopes on the sides of the hill are steep with an 80-foot elevation change. Former civil war era rifle pits that were built into the hillside are still visible on this unique greenway.
Another large greenway is a short distance south and can be reached on foot by area residents and their faithful hiking hounds. Fort Dupont Park provides 376 acres of forested natural areas at the site of several other civil war forts. This park has an extensive trail system with paved and dirt sections that provide approximately 10 miles of hiking and cycling paths. There is also an outdoor concert venue where a summer concert series is held.