Lower Central Washington, D.C. is a residential neighborhood with a large federal park located just east of the Anacostia River. The west side thoroughfare, Minnesota Avenue, has many businesses located along it that residents can explore on foot. A liquor store, convenience store, fast food outlets, restaurants, a deli, grocer, and other services are located here and the area is walkable.
If you are trekking with your dog around the Lower Central neighborhood, be prepared for a variety of weather conditions so your puppy friend does not miss out on daily walks. Winters are cold with light snow. Cold weather does not have to stop you from venturing out most of the time, providing you have a warm jacket. When more severe winter blizzards occur, you may need to consider postponing outings and finding some indoor activities for you and your pup to play. Humid, summer days can sometimes end in severe thunderstorms. Take shelter when these are imminent!
A large federal park is situated on the west side of the neighborhood and the east side is comprised of residential homes. Dwellings in the region are mostly brick construction with various architectural styles. Homes in Lower Central NE are small apartment buildings and single-family detached and semi-detached structures. The area is well landscaped and yards are well treed with gardens and lawns.
Residential streets are lined with sidewalks and grass berms which creates safe, cool pedestrian ways. The area has some hills, but they are mostly gently sloping and not overly steep.
Lower Central NE is home to the Fort Mahan Park. This park is situated on a round hilltop that was formerly a civil war earthwork defense site. There are elevation changes of up to 80 feet in the park, so if mobility is an issue for you or your pup, you may want to stick to the paths on the more level border. A greenway trail loops about the park which is heavily forested and shady. The trees make it a great place for a walk on a summer day. There are even the remnants of rifle pits carved into the hillside to investigate while you explore the wooded area with your pooch. This greenway is a federal park and your dog must remain on a leash.
The Anacostia Park system along the river is also nearby, but to reach it on foot, you have to cross the freeway and tracks along Benning Road. Anacostia Park has riverside trails, open areas, and recreational facilities to enjoy.