Located in Fairfax County, Virginia, Reston lies within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This community was founded as Virginia’s first planned residential community in 1964 with the goal of revolutionizing post-World War II land use concepts in suburban America. Reston has been named one of the best places to live in America on numerous occasions, and it is an appealing area for young families, including those with pets. There are eight veterinarians in town, making it easy to find a place to keep up with your canine companion’s health needs.
Whether you are just passing through, or you are a D.C.-area native, Reston has plenty of places to check out with your four-legged best friend. If you’re in the mood to escape city life, visit Walker Nature Center. There you will find more than 1,300 acres of open space and trails to explore, and leashed dogs are always welcome.
Spend a day shopping and dining with your dog at Reston Town Center. This destination has more than 50 shops and 30 restaurants, many of which welcome dogs. There are even water bowls outside many establishments to help your companion stay hydrated. Some of the restaurants that allow doggy diners include M & S Grill, The Tasting Room, Neyla Mediterranean Bistro, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Uncle Julio's Mexican. Whether you enjoy spending your day exploring the city, or taking in the sights and sound of nature, Reston is a great place to be.
When you are in Reston’s Baron Cameron Park neighborhood, plan to spend some time at Baron Cameron Dog Park. This off-leash park is fully fenced in and has separate areas for large dogs and small dogs. It features a gravel surface to keep your playful pup mud-free. There are a few shade trees, and the park provides cleanup bags and trash cans. There are also several benches where tired pet parents can take a load off while their pups play. Keeping your pooch hydrated is also simple thanks to the park’s water spigots. If all that play works up an appetite, stop by Kalypso’s, a local sports bar and restaurant that welcomes doggy diners.
If you want to plan a camping trip or spend a day exploring nature, visit Reston’s Colvin Woods neighborhood. There you will find the large Lake Fairfax Park. The park spans 476 acres and is open daily from dawn to dusk. Dogs are welcome to join their owners in the campground and on the trails. The Lake Fairfax Park Trail is a 12.7-mile loop that is perfect for walking, hiking, running and biking. It is accessible year-round, and dogs are always welcome as long as they are kept on a leash. The loop is rated as moderately difficult, so it’s a good place for a great workout.
Located just 2.5 miles west of downtown Reston, this neighborhood is a pup-ular destination, and for good reason. Stop by this area to visit the friendly Chandon Dog Park. A favorite among locals, this park is fully fenced for safe off-leash play, and there are plenty of trees for shade. Relax on one of the provided benches while your pup plays and chases squirrels. Separate areas are available for large breeds and small breeds, and cleanup bags and trash cans are provided for your convenience. There are even wading pools and access to fresh drinking water.
Just six miles northeast of Reston lies the town of Great Falls, and it’s the perfect place to go when you and your dog want to get away from city life. Great Falls Park is a pup-tastic destination with several trails for you to explore. This 800-acre park offers breathtaking views of the Potomac River and is open daily from 7 a.m. until dark. Make note that there is a fee to visit Great Falls Park. Leashed dogs are always welcome on all park trails and falls overlooks, and in the picnic areas. They are not, however, allowed inside the visitor center.
When you really want to give your dog a pawsome treat, head 16 miles east to this Arlington neighborhood to visit the Shirlington Dog Park. This large park is fenced-in for safe off-leash fun, and is located within the larger Shirlington Park. In addition to separate areas for small and large dogs, this unique park also has a stream where pups can take a dip. Trash cans and water fountains are located throughout the park. When you’re finished, check out Copperwood Tavern. This dog-friendly restaurant has a dog friendly patio and even serves up their own freshly baked dog treats.