The weather in Benning Ridge can hamper walks with your dog when severe storms or extreme temperatures occur. Snowy, cold winters require warm outerwear for daily walks. Although severe blizzards are rare, you should still avoid venturing out with your dog when high wind chill and heavy snow occurs. Summers are hot and humid with thunderstorms being a frequent occurrence. When storms are imminent, seek shelter. Choose cooler times of the day to venture out with your furry friend and make sure you take water for you and your pup on long treks.
Benning Ridge is an irregularly shaped neighborhood with E Capitol Street on its north side, Southern Avenue on the south, Benning Road on the east, and Ridge Road on the west side. This is a middle-class neighborhood with older vintage homes. Yards are well maintained and landscaped with trees along quiet residential streets in the area.
Roadways also have sidewalks for pedestrians and pets, so they are separate from traffic. The terrain has some relatively level areas and some hills along with regions with gentle inclines. Depending on the weather conditions, these can be difficult to navigate as snow makes walkways on hills slippery. Depending on you and your pet's ability level, you may want to adjust your route when walking the area to avoid climbs.
The Woodlawn Cemetery is located in the region and provides a manicured green space. Main thoroughfares on the outskirts and near commercial areas have more traffic, so keep your dog leashed, especially where traffic is more prevalent.
Fort Circle Park, also referred to as Fort Dupont Park, is located on Benning Ridge’s west border. This 376-acre park is heavily wooded and is a watershed of the Anacostia River. The park gets its names from the civil war earthwork forts that lie in the park's boundaries. A fantastic trail system winds through the park along old railway lines and past an old chain of forts which guarded the way to the capital's bridges. The park is home to plenty of flora and fauna with beautiful flowers and stately oak, beech, maple, and pine trees.
The trail surface is a mixture of paved walkways and dirt. When heavy rainfall has recently passed through, dirt paths can be muddy, so wear good footwear. Keep your dog leashed so as not to disturb the small critters that make this park their home.
Recreation in the park includes ice skating, some sports facilities, and a music venue with a summer concert series.