Be prepared for some sub-freezing temperatures and snow during winter months. You may want to keep walks brief during very cold weather. Humid summers are a bit cooler along the river when there is a nice breeze, but you still may need to adjust your outings to avoid extreme weather.
The Southwest Waterfront neighborhood is bordered by the Potomac River on the west, P Street on the south, Interstate 395 on the north, and South Capitol Street to the east. This is a diverse, developed waterfront neighborhood. With lots of landscaping and thick trees, the community is very green and inviting for dog walkers. Sidewalks and grass berms create pleasant walkways for pedestrians and pets.
Homes in the area consist of condominium complexes, apartment buildings, and row townhouses with various architecture on attractively landscaped properties. There has been some new development in the area and many buildings feature newer architecture, adding variety to the district. The terrain is relatively level and there are no steep hills for you and your dog to trek up.
The waterfront provides a unique landscape feature with a wharf and marina, a large island park across the water, and greenways along the river.
The Lansburgh Dog Park is conveniently located in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood and is accessible on foot. The park is fenced and has separate areas for large and small dogs. This off-leash park is open seven days a week from 7AM to 7PM and has a water supply and waste disposal supplies available.
The Southwest Duck Pond is another unique park in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. With a water feature, trees, and a paved walking path, it is a pleasant place for a stroll, but you should keep your dog securely leashed to avoid disturbing the waterfowl in the greenway.
The Southwest Waterfront Park is located on the south side of the community with views of the river and paved paths through shady trees. To the north, you can also visit the Benjamin Banneker Park. Finally, the East Potomac Park is situated on an island in the Potomac River and is not easy to get to on foot, but can be reached more easily by vehicle.