Fairfax Station is 22 miles from Washington D.C. in the state of Virginia. The town is a pretty cozy community and has been expanding throughout the years thanks to the lower cost of living and the beautiful scenery and township that makes up the area. This also makes it much easier and pleasant to raise a dog in the town, and is made even better thanks to the dozens of acres of dog-friendly parks and three veterinarians ready to cater to your pup!
The gem of the town for dog lovers is the South Run Dog Park on the eastern edge of town. This park has a mixed terrain of sand, dirt and grassy patches, with over 3 acres of open land to run around in. There is a double-gated entrance, agility equipment for dogs to play on, and free water bowls and dog toys. Dogs can run freely off-leash from the hours of 9 AM to 10 PM, with nighttime lights and additional features like water, clean-up stations, benches, and trash bins.
If your pup doesn't mind being on a leash and needs more places to explore, walk on over to Burke Lake Park. This massive park spreads over 888 acres, with a large lake, forested trails, picnic areas, ballfields, a pavilion, and restrooms. Dogs can explore the trails which expand over 9 miles throughout the park, or play in the open fields. There are also clean-up bags, water fountains, and benches.
It doesn't matter if you're looking for a scenic area to explore, a free space for Fido, or a walk downtown, Fairfax Station will be sure to accommodate you and your pup!
On the southern edge of the city is the neighborhood of Hampton, a quiet and residential community. The neighborhood is outlined by the Occoquan Reservoir and provides lots of green space along the water for dogs and humans to enjoy. The Sandy Run Regional Park features over 200 acres of forests, open spaces and 2,000 meters of waterfront. Six different dog-friendly trails span throughout the park, including paved, dirt, and nature trails. There's also camping sites, fishing and boating spots, restrooms, and open areas that dogs can enjoy and run around in. Dogs must remain on a leash at all times with access to water fountains, clean-up stations, and benches.
The Fairwood Acres neighborhood is in the central part of the city, with lots of wooded areas and streets lined with residential homes. The Poburn Woods Park is dog-friendly and provides dog-walkers with quiet places to go for a walk, featuring serene wilderness with privacy, shade, and open trails. The park connects to the Sandy Run Stream Valley Park, a different area that offers lots of wilderness terrain and fishing spots along the Randy Run creek that cuts through the park. Both parks are pretty rural and offer few amenities, so don't forget to stock up on water and clean-up bags beforehand!