Just north of the capital beltway inner loop and the nation’s capital, Sunset Terrace and Fairway consist of almost all single-family homes in a residential neighborhood. Many of the people living here commute and work in DC, so this is a quiet and somewhat affluent neighborhood. You won’t find any amenities on your walk and, in fact, if you need to find pet supplies or veterinary services, you will have to drive into Silver Spring to get them. This is the price to pay for a quiet neighborhood in which to live.
The weather here is moderate. There are cold days and some snow, but not as much as many areas of the east coast average. You will have almost 300 dry days for walking all in all. The weather can get cold and hot, so be ready to make accommodations for temperature extremes and remember that dogs are just as susceptible to these temperatures as we are.
This area does have some hills, but most of the elevations are very gentle and should give even the most amateur walkers no trouble at all. Not all of the streets have sidewalks so it is advisable to plan your walk out ahead of time and equip yourself for the conditions. You will find a fair amount of grass in some areas but other areas leave you nothing but asphalt to walk on which can be very hot in the summer months. If you want to walk during the heat of the day, it is highly advisable that you teach your pup to wear shoes made especially for dogs because hot asphalt can burn their paws. If you plan to walk early or at dusk, make sure to wear reflective clothing as the lack of sidewalks and narrow streets can cause visibility issues. Reflective clothing can help you avoid any run-ins with traffic.
Argyle Local Park is an 8.9-acre park along the beltway. Big shade trees, nice grass, and places to sit make this an inviting place to stop for a break. Sligo Creek Park is part of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System. The trail is 10 miles in all and you can access it near Argyle Park which is at the midpoint. The trail is paved, but there are natural surfaces next to the trail for your dog to walk. Keep in mind this trail is heavily used and shared by bicyclist and walkers so be aware that you'll be sharing.
South Four Corners Park and North Four Corners Park are two of the other green spaces available for this neighborhood. Both are smaller parks, but they do offer grass and trees as well as a safe place to romp and play.