Deanwood is a residential neighborhood located on the northeast side of Washington, D.C. The neighborhood features schools, a library, churches, and a recreation center all within reach. There is also pedestrian access to metro stations on the northwest side and commercial activity along the southeast side on Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue where shops, eateries, and other services are not far from residences.
Deanwood is one of the region's oldest neighborhoods and is home to the Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail, a series of fifteen poster-sized signs that tell the history and stories of this unique neighborhood.
If you are walking your dog throughout the year, be prepared for variable weather. Rain is not uncommon, especially in transitional seasons. Light snow occurs in winter and severe thunderstorms with heavy rain can occur during warmer summer months, so be prepared. Avoid severe winter or summer storms by taking shelter and postponing your outing with your pooch until dangerous weather passes over.
The area is well landscaped with mature trees, shrubs, and gardens that make it attractive. Homes feature varying architecture, but mostly date back to the early 20th century. There are some apartment buildings and many single-family houses in the Deanwood community. The metro line tracks run along the neighborhood's northwest side and this area is not particularly pedestrian-friendly. Avoid the northwest border and, if you need to cross the tracks or freeway on foot, use only designated pedestrian crossing points.
There are some gentle hills and inclines throughout the Deanwood region, but no steep grades to climb, so people and pups of all mobility levels should be able to get around.
The Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens are located to the northwest of Deanwood and are accessible to dog walkers and their pets, providing dogs stay on leashes and under control as this beautiful natural park and preserve features wetland habitat that is home to many species of wildlife. The park has 700 acres of water gardens, recreational grounds, and naturally treed areas to visit for a unique greenway experience.
The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail runs along this greenway and beside the adjacent river. Be aware that wetlands and associated terrain can vary with local weather conditions. Wetlands can become saturated and muddy and river banks can become unstable, so use caution.
On the southeast side of Deanwood is the Marvin Gaye Park. This greenway runs along the Watts Branch Creek and is comprised mostly of natural, treed space. The park spans 1.6 miles, starting in Deanwood, and continues to the southeast. This park makes a good walking destination for people and pets.