Naylor Gardens is a neighborhood located on the southeast side of Washington, D.C. There is a commercial and shopping area on the northwest corner that residents can reach on foot. Stores, restaurants, and other services are available in this region. There is also a recreation center, school, and church in Naylor Gardens that residents can reach on foot.
Dog walkers and their pets enjoy warm walking weather for much of the year, but may need rain gear in fall and spring and warm jackets for cold winters with light snow. Summers are humid. Take your dog out for a walk early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures dissipate. Check forecasts frequently during muggy weather as thunderstorms are frequent occurrences and it can be dangerous if you and your pup are caught out in the rain. Your dog may be frightened of thunder and high winds with flying debris can cause injury.
Naylor Gardens is bordered by Alabama Avenue on the north side, Naylor Road on the west side, Branch Avenue on its eastern border, and the Maryland Border on the south side. As the name implies, this is a well landscaped, green neighborhood with beautiful gardens on communal and private properties. The neighborhood is dominated by an apartment complex with lovely open lawns, trees, and hedges. There are also many single-family detached homes in the neighborhood that are well setback from residential streets with large backyards.
The neighborhood of Naylor Gardens has sidewalks along the quiet streets with grassy berms planted with trees. Sidewalks create safe walkways for pedestrians and pets with cool footing on grass and shade on hot, summer days. Some areas are relatively level, but some are hilly, especially on the west side. Depending on your location in the neighborhood, you may have to climb up some steep grades.
Centrally located in Naylor Gardens, the Hillcrest Recreation Center and the associated greenway property is easily accessible for locals and their furry friends. The greenway has several sports facilities and a playground with paved paths in a wooded area to enjoy with your pet.
A few blocks to the south, you and your dog can venture over to the Oxun Run National Parkway. This park has 126 acres of wooded area and wetlands and is home to many local mammals and birds. The park follows Oxun Run Creek and terrain along the waterway and in the ravine can vary with weather conditions, so use caution as wet weather can make creek banks unstable.
Alger Park is located to the north and is also reachable on foot for pedestrians and pets. This park is connected to the larger Fort Circle park system where trails systems are available and provide many miles of maintained hiking paths for you and your dog to explore.