Hawthorne is a residential neighborhood on the northwest side of Washington, D.C. The neighborhood is reputably named for the hawthorn trees which were once a common sight in the region. There are no small businesses, restaurants, or shops in the neighborhood, however, there are lots of natural spaces and parks as well as beautiful residential streets to walk your dog around.
Be prepared for sub-freezing temperatures and some snow in the winter with a warm coat and suitable footwear to navigate icy walkways. Summers are hot and humid and extreme heat conditions should be avoided. Pack water for you and your canine companion on long summer walks and be aware of signs of heat-related illnesses. Your days are more likely to be cool than hot, however. Thunderstorms are frequent in the warmer months and should be avoided as they pose a risk to exposed pedestrians and pets with high winds and heavy rain.
Some residential streets have sidewalks, but many do not, which means you and your dog will have to share the road with local vehicles. Fortunately, this is a quiet neighborhood with little out-of-district traffic, but you should still use caution when sharing the streets and walk facing oncoming traffic with your dog securely leashed.
There are some hills in the region, but they are usually not very steep. You should be aware of where hills are situated and adjust your route if you or your dog has mobility issues. The community is heavily landscaped with large, attractively maintained private properties and a quiet, park-like setting that is enjoyable for people and pets.
The main section of Rock Creek Park which borders Hawthorne on the east side has 1,754 acres of natural space around the ravine. An extensive trail system is situated in the park with natural dirt trails which can have variable conditions after severe weather and heavy precipitation. Cyclists frequent the trails as well as joggers and your dog is required to be leashed at all times. There are miles of trails and scenery in the park which is a real treat for local hikers and their hounds.
To the south, the Pinehurst Parkway Greenway is easily accessible for Hawthorne residents and features its own trail system. The 3.8-mile Pinehurst Branch Tail Loop runs through this densely wooded park. The trail has some natural dirt sections and some gravelled surfaces. There are also some slight elevation changes, so wear proper footwear.
The Meadowbrook Local Park has some treed and open areas with recreation facilities and paved paths that are part of the Rock Creek system.