Area canines enjoy walks with their owners in this region with plenty of temperate weather. However, inclement weather occasionally occurs and should be avoided or mitigated. Summer can be very hot and humid and you may want to avoid walking during the height of the day. Later in the day, thunderstorms can occur during warmer months and you and your dog should take shelter when these storms are imminent. Winter weather is cold with some snow. Make sure you have a warm coat and footwear for trekking during colder months and that your dog is kitted up too, if necessary.
Residential streets are lined with large trees, sidewalks, and grass berms, providing an attractive, safe walkway for pedestrians and their pooches. There are some hills in the region, although they are not particularly steep, and you and your furry friends should not have trouble getting around the area. If you or your pet have mobility issues, you may want to adjust your walking route accordingly. Avoid the train tracks on the west side and cross only at designated pedestrian crossings.
There is a Fort Circle park system greenway on the south side of Queens Chapel that is easily accessible on foot for residents and their canine companions. This open area is part of a system of civil war defense earthworks, now converted to neighborhood greenways. A few blocks to the west, but still within easy walking distance for Queen Chapel residents and their pups, sits the Fort Totten Park. This park is located to the south across the train tracks, but can be reached by crossing at Galloway Street. It is located on a large hill with lots of open lawns and trees and a hard surfaced and dirt trail system.
A large greenway is also situated several blocks to the northeast along with the northwest branch of the Anacostia River and the Sligo Creek. This large wooden natural area follows the waterways and ravine and has a trail system, making it an ideal place for a hike with your hound.