Dog walkers in Fort Dupont should be prepared for cold winters with sub-freezing temperatures and some snow accumulation. Warm outerwear and good footwear will help you contend with cold temperatures and regular light snowfall. Summers are hot and humid. When temperatures are high, avoid walking at the height of the day, pack water to avoid dehydration on longer treks for both you and your pet, and avoid overexertion. Severe thunderstorms can occur in warmer months and present a hazard, so wait for them to pass before venturing out with your pet.
Large greenways on the south and northeast sides of the community provide natural landscaping in the area. Older brick structures dominate the landscape with multi-family housing complexes, apartment buildings, and some single-family dwellings. Properties are well landscaped with mature trees in yards and along streets. Sidewalks line residential streets providing a separate location for dog walkers to stroll with their pets.
The region is hilly and some areas have steep inclines. If you or your dog have trouble negotiating hills, you should plan your walk to avoid theses steeper grades.
Trails connect to other area parks for a total of about 10 miles of hiking paths. Keep your dog leashed on the trail and be prepared to clean up after your pet.
Fort Chaplin Park is a natural wooded area between a tennis center and elementary school on the north side of the neighborhood. This natural greenway also has trails to trek with your furry friend.