Eckington is a neighborhood located in northeast Washington D.C. There are shops, restaurants, and services in and around the community that locals can reach on foot. There is also a recreational center and sports facilities centrally located in the region that are easily accessible. The neighborhood is considered highly walkable with plenty of destinations within the neighborhood itself and in the surrounding regions.
The weather in Eckington is not always cooperative for on foot travel, however. Winters are cold with some light snow and occasionally more severe winter storms. Sub-freezing temperatures and icy conditions mean that you should bundle up and wear footwear with good traction to avoid slipping. When severe winter storms are present, postpone your walk until weather conditions improve. Summers are hot and humid and, when extreme, can wear you or your pup out. Avoid walking when heat is extreme, stay hydrated, and choose cooler times of the day to venture out.
Eckington is bordered on the north side by a large cemetery and Rhode Island Avenue. Train tracks are located on the east side, North Capitol Street on the west border, and New York Avenue on the southern border. The large railyard and tracks on the east side are bordered by a walking trail which is a good path for you and your dog. However, the region around the tracks themselves is not pedestrian-friendly and difficult to cross.
Most of the area is a developed neighborhood with older, colorful row houses in pastel shades. Row houses are generally two stories with setbacks close to the street and larger backyards. There are also some single-family homes and apartments in the area.
The terrain in Eckington has some inclines, although they are not steep. Local streets have separate pedestrian sidewalks along them, so you and your pup don't need to share the road with traffic.
There is a recreation center with sports facilities located in the neighborhood. This greenway has athletic fields, a playground, a pool, and a small park that you can visit with your pup during your outings. For a larger greenway with a beautiful garden, you and your pup can drive east to the 412-acre National Arboretum where dogs are permitted on a leash on the many winding park trails through the beautiful gardens and wooded areas.
In the Eckington neighborhood and along the east side is an 8-mile walking and biking path parallelling the train tracks. Eckington canines can go for a long trek with their owners and burn off some energy on this path. For some local off-leash activity, there is also an enclosed off-leash dog park located in Eckington at Q Street and Harry Thomas Way. Finally, just northwest of Eckington, the Crispus Attucks Park has trees and paved paths within easy on foot access.