Spring Valley is a mostly residential community located in the northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. The community is home to much of the American University campus and a recreation center. Massachusetts Avenue has several restaurants, shops, and services that a local resident can reach on foot.
Pedestrians and their pups should avoid occasional severe weather that occurs in the Washington, D.C. region. The remnant of Atlantic storm systems and hurricanes can bring dangerous winds and heavy rainfall to the area in the fall and occasional severe winter blizzards should also be avoided as they are hazardous. During the summer, frequent thunderstorms with wind, hail, and rain also pose a danger. Take shelter when severe weather is imminent.
Be prepared for cold temperatures and snowfall during winter months by having a warm coat and appropriate footwear for winter travel. Avoid traveling on foot with your dog during the middle of the day on hot, humid summer days.
Spring Valley is located north of Nebraska Avenue, east of the Dalecarlia Parkway, and southwest of Massachusetts Avenue. The neighborhood has sizeable, vintage character homes situated on generously sized maintained properties that feature a variety of architectural styles. Yards are well treed and large shade trees line residential roads, making a shady canopy which keeps the neighborhood cool on hot days and provides some shelter.
The American University Campus is situated on the southeast side of the district and has several campus buildings and recreational fields associated with it. There are separate pedestrian sidewalks on most residential streets in the area and dog walkers rarely have to share the road with local traffic. Grassy berms between sidewalks and streets provide cool footing for your pup's paws.
There are some gentle hills in the neighborhood, but they are not difficult for most people and pets to climb. If you have mobility issues, you may want to carefully plan your route in advanced.
Spring Valley features a park of the same name. This easily accessible park is a natural wooded greenway with lots of shady trees and nature trails for walking around with your canine companion.
Little Falls Stream Valley Park is located on the west border and provides 160 acres of natural greenway. There is a playground, picnic sites, and lots of trails for hiking with your hound. Several paths wind through the area and there is a trail around the reservoir on the west side of the park providing views of the waterway.
If you want some off-leash fun with your pup, several off-leash enclosed dog parks are available in the Washington, D.C. area. The nearest to Spring Valley is at Glover Archbold Park. The Newark Street Dog Park has separate fenced areas for large and small dogs with a variety of facilities like fountains, toys, and waste disposal facilities.