Your dog will love being walked regularly and, if you live in Greenway and want to take regular strolls with your furry friend, you will need to be prepared with appropriate outerwear for a variety of weather conditions. Spring and fall see frequent rain showers while humid summers mean avoiding the heat by adjusting your walking schedule to cooler times of the day. Be aware of thunderstorms which are frequent with hot temperatures and can create hazardous walking conditions. Take shelter when severe storms are imminent. Winters are cold with some light snow and a warm coat and footwear with good traction will be necessary to enjoy winter walks.
Separate sidewalks create safe walking paths, so you had your pup don't have to share the road with local traffic. There is a freeway and train tracks on the west side, unfortunately, that separate residences from the parks and natural areas along the river. The freeway and tracks should only be crossed where crossings exist, as rail and train traffic are dangerous to pedestrians and pets.
The terrain is varied with some hills and inclines. Climbs are not steep, however, if trekking up or downhill is problematic for you and your pet, try to plan your route to avoid sloping walkways.
The Fort Dupont-Fort Circle Park is situated on the east side of Greenway and is easily accessible on foot. This heavily treed, natural greenway has deciduous trees and brush, a stream, and footpaths through it. This park is an excellent destination for dog walkers and their pets with plenty of wooded areas to explore. Keep your dog leashed in the park and be aware that wildlife can be distracting to your pet.
The Anacostia Park and Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, which extends for several miles along the riverbank, is an ideal place to walk your dog. This greenway and hiking trail are located just west of the Greenway neighborhood, however, access on foot is hampered by the train tracks and freeway. You can reach the park on foot by traveling south to Pennsylvania Avenue and using the crossings there. This park has plenty of recreational facilities and spectacular views with natural areas to explore with your canine companion.