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Dog Areas in Kensington

13 Parks
1 Trail
2 Eateries
2 Groomers
Just nine miles from Washington, D.C., Kensington has the same historical richness of the capitol city, without all the traffic. This small town is full of charm resonating from its start back in 1837. Though old, Kensington is anything but sleepy! Its lively culture and focus on active lifestyles make Kensington vibrant. Kensington’s streets are lined with historical buildings that house art galleries, restaurants, music venues and shops. The quaint town also hosts a farmer’s market every Saturday year-round at the Historic Train Station. 

Leash your pup and visit some of Kensington’s beautifully kept parks. Ken-Gar Palisades Park has 20 acres of open space to explore with your dog. The park has a picnic area, a playground, sports fields and tennis courts.  If you’re looking for some substantial exercise with Fido, hop on the Rock Creek Trail that runs through the west side of the park. This 14-mile trail runs north to Rockville and south to Washington, DC. You and your four-legged friend will love taking a scenic walk or bike ride through this forested corridor next to Rock Creek. 

In the event that your pet needs urgent medical attention or just a yearly check-up, Kensington has five veterinary clinics to care for your furry friend.

For eats in Kensington, check out Java Nation. They love to host people and their pups, and even have dog water bowls available at their pet-friendly outdoor seating area. The café serves yummy coffee and smoothies plus sandwiches, crepes and baked goods.

Locals and visitors – and their dogs – all agree! Kensington is a furrific place to spend time with Fido!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Kensington

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    Population Density 4,843/sq mi

    #1 Capitol View Park

    Get a true taste of Kensington in the Capitol View Park neighborhood. This area is home to four parks you and your leashed pup will love exploring. A must-see is Clum-Kennedy Park, nestled among Victorian-style homes and antique shops. The garden vibes of this park make it a picturesque place for a picnic or a relaxing stroll with your pup. Nearby, Flinn Park has the same peaceful haven feel, and also has picnic tables and benches. If you’re looking for more open space, check out the neighborhood’s larger open spaces, McKenney Hills Neighborhood Park and Capitol View-Homewood Local Park. Both of these parks have walking paths, playgrounds and picnic areas, and leashed dogs are welcome. Remember to bring drinking water and cleanup bags.
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    Population Density 4,295/sq mi

    #2 Rock Creek Hills

    Pups and their people love Kensington’s Rock Creek Hills neighborhood. There’s a great picnic spot at the neighborhood’s 4.3-acre Kensington Cabin Local Park. This beautiful open space has lots of lush vegetation and grassy areas. Be sure to check out the historic log cabin located along the park’s walking path. Kensington Cabin Local Park also has a playground and sports fields. If you’re in the mood for a longer adventure with Fido, the Rock Creek Hills neighborhood also has an access point to the 14-mile Rock Creek Trail on Beach Dr near Kensington Pkwy. Remember to bring drinking water, a leash and cleanup bags.
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    Population Density 6,858/sq mi

    #3 Kensington Heights

    You and your dog will love exploring the Kensington Heights neighborhood. This quiet residential area is a lovely spot for a walk with Fido. There’s lots of beautiful homes with flowering trees in warmer months. Kensington Heights Neighborhood Park is a great place to hang out with your pup. There’s a large open area perfect for a roll in the grass, and tons of large, mature trees, so there’s shady spots for you and your furry friend to relax on warm days. The park also boasts basketball courts and a huge playground area, making it as popular among children too. Your pup will love the walking path. Remember to bring drinking water and cleanup bags.
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    Population Density 3,926/sq mi

    #4 Wheaton Park

    Off-leash fun is the name of the game in the Wheaton Park neighborhood. Just three miles from Kensington in Wheaton, this neighborhood has a pawsome off-leash area at Wheaton Regional Park. Your pup will go gaga for the large fenced-in area, perfect for romps with other pooches and games of fetch. The park also has lots of beautiful walking paths where leashed dogs are welcome. Check out the .5-mile Pine Lake Trail near the dog park for a scenic view of Pine Lake. Wheaton Regional Park has picnic areas, drinking fountains, restrooms and a playground.
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    Population Density 3,948/sq mi

    #5 Democracy Blvd / Westlake Dr

    Get ready for lots of tail wagging in this Bethesda neighborhood, just five miles from Kensington. You and Fido will love the Cabin John Dog Park!  This fenced-in mulched area has lots of mature trees that provide shade and prime sniffing terrain. The park also has a pawsome area where dogs can climb up and over a rock bridge, plus picnic tables and benches, a pavilion, a water fountain and a doggie cleanup station. Remember to bring a leash for entering and exiting the park. After your furry friend has burned off some energy, grab a bite to eat at the neighborhood’s dog-friendly spot, the Corner Bakery Café!
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