The greater D.C. metro area has a variety of things for residents and visitors to explore. Beyond the typical tourist attractions like the National Mall or Smithsonian Museums, D.C. has a popular performing arts center, several art museums, and plenty of access to outdoor recreation whether that is horseback riding in Rock Creek Park, water recreation on the Potomac River, or hiking in many of the surrounding parks.
Fort Lincoln is a rather hilly neighborhood. Fort Lincoln Park, the only greenway located in the neighborhood, seems to be the highest point. Closer to the neighborhood's boundaries, however, seems to have less hills for you and your pup to overcome.
Fort Lincoln is a highly artificial and manicured neighborhood. With shopping complexes in the southern part of the neighborhood, there is little room for natural terrain in this D.C. suburb. However, there are plenty of well-maintained sidewalks throughout Fort Lincoln.
The boundaries of Fort Lincoln include Bladensburg Road to the north, the Fort Lincoln Cemetery to the east, New York Avenue to the south, and South Dakota Avenue to the west. Fort Lincoln Drive and 33rd Place are the busiest roads in Fort Lincoln, as all of the shopping complexes are along those roads. The northern part of the neighborhood, however, is more residential and will likely have less volume on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, there is only one greenway located in the Fort Lincoln neighborhood. Fort Lincoln Park is a 6-acre greenway that is operated by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. Historically, Fort Lincoln Park was a military fort used during the Civil War. Today, Fort Lincoln Park is home to a public pool, the Theodore Hagans Cultural Center, playgrounds, and areas to sit, rest, or picnic.
There are a few other parks within walking distance of the Fort Lincoln neighborhood. First, the Dakota Playground is located just southwest of the neighborhood and is a small residential park with a playground and a few benches. Colmar Manor Community Park, another nearby park, has open fields for general recreation, playgrounds, picnicking spots, and paved walkways.
Thankfully, there is also a dog park located near the Fort Lincoln neighborhood. Only one mile to the west, Langdon Dog Park is an enclosed gravel area for your pup to enjoy some off-leash time.