Fort Belvoir is a community associated with the Fort Belvoir United States Army installation, and it supports the employees and families of the many government agencies that are housed on the property. Fort Belvoir and its surrounding communities are also home to natural resources that attract outdoors-minded folks and their pups. Should your pet become ill while in the area, rest assured that Fort Belvoir has 1 veterinary clinic, and there are at least 3 others in nearby Alexandria, all ready to help.
The dog-friendly Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge provides a habitat for wildlife of all kinds, including deer, smaller mammals like fox and raccoons, snakes, turtles and other amphibians. The protected wetlands and wildlife habitats connect with Accotink Bay to the west, which empties into the Potomac. This 1200-acre refuge is a smorgasbord of sights and smells for your fur-pup as you walk the more than 8 miles over 14 hiking trails. Most are unpaved and natural, but there is a short, paved trail that is wheelchair accessible. An observation station at one end of the Great Blue Heron Trail provides pawsome sightings of waterfowl and other water-loving wildlife, and you will find free parking and a restroom at the Tulley Gate entrance to the refuge. Woofderful!
Whether you’re visiting the Fort Belvoir area or are a resident here, you’re sure to find lots to do outdoors with your fur-baby!
Lorton’s neighborhood of Mason Neck lies just south of Fort Belvoir, across Gunston Cove, and it ’s home to dog-welcoming Pohick Bay Regional Park, where you and Fido will find lots of outdoor activities! You can make it a day adventure, or camp at one of their shelters, tent sites or cabins. Grills and fire rings are supplied, and you’ll enjoy the views of Pohick Bay from your campsite or porch. Pohick features kayak and canoe rentals so you can take your fur-pup for a trip out on the water, and there are over 8.5 miles of hiking trails that wind their way through the woods, where you’ll see bluebirds and other songbirds, and small mammals. Arf! Picnic shelters abound, all offering tables and grills, that can be rented for part of the day or all day for special events. Pohick Bay Regional Park has something for everyone!
It is in this neighborhood of nearby Alexandria that you’ll find the Dog Run Park at Carlyle, a fully-fenced off-leash park where your fur-baby can socialize and work off some excess energy while you meet some old and new friends. The park features separate large and small dog areas, and the grass and gravel surface is cool on the pups’ feet. Drinking water and benches are provided, along with shade trees, waste bags and receptacles, and double entry safety gates. Free parking and paved walks make the park easily accessible, too. This is a pawsome park for your pup’s off-leash playtime!
Alexandria’s Park Pavilion neighborhood is home to dog-friendly All Veterans Park, 38 acres of land along Holmes Run Stream at Holmes Run Parkway and Pickett Street. The park features multi-use trails ideal for hiking and running with your fur-buddy, and lots of grassy and tree-shaded spots to play or sit and relax, on benches or the lawn. Picnic areas are pawrfect for that shared outdoor meal with Fido, and the park is connected to Brookvalley Park across the Charles Beatley Bridge. Brookvalley is where you’ll find a portion of the Holmes Run Trail, a paved multi-use trail of about 5 miles. Doggos have an off-leash park inside All Veterans Park, too, for the kind of fun and frolic they just can’t have tethered to their humans! Arf!
Alexandria’s Woodley Hills is where you’ll find the Mount Vernon Manor Park on Falkstone Lane. With lots of wide open play space for doggos and playgrounds for the kids, the park also features walking paths that loop through the fields and back. The paths are paved so you can combine a pup-walk with a stroller, or navigate in a wheelchair or walker. Picnic tables are set up in a grove for those al fresco snacks or meals, with grills and convenient waste receptacles nearby. Open year-round, this is a pawrfect place for a short, brisk walk in winter or a longer meandering stroll on a nice day.
Springfield is a few miles north of Fort Belvoir, and its Kings Park neighborhood is where Lake Accotink Park can be found. This tranquil, 490-acre park is family-friendly, including the family pups. In addition to the activities that the humans will enjoy, the park features a 4-mile trail around the lake, with furbulous views of the sparkling body of water, forest and surrounding wetlands. Waterfowl, turtles and other lake denizens are frequently visible, and the songs of birds are constant companions as you amble along. You’ll find a sense of solitude rarely available in parks this close to the hustle and bustle of the city. Open year-round, with 2 convenient entrances featuring plenty of parking, this is a don’t miss park for an adventure with your furry bestie!