Arlingtonians love their dogs—so it’s no surprise the area has plenty of off-leash parks. Here are our favorites.
Best for Humans Who Want to Have Fun, Too
In addition to a fenced-in area for dogs, the park has a playground, nearby running trails, and picnic tables and grills. 1680 N. Sycamore St.
Best for Dogs That Just Want to Chill Out
There’s plenty of on-street parking, and the open layout keeps dogs in sight. It’s much quieter than the nearby Shirlington park, so head here for a more laid-back vibe. Corner of S. Pollard St. and S. Walter Reed Dr.
Best for Very Well-Trained Dogs
Dogs can sniff and explore to their hearts’ content at this tucked-away wooded park. However, it’s unfenced, making it suitable only for pets that are trustworthy off-leash. 301 S. Harrison St.
Best for City Dogs
With a construction price tag of nearly $2 million, this park features synthetic turf, a $120,000 fountain/pool for swimming, and a sound wall that muffles barking. It’s right off Clarendon’s main drag—so expect crowds at prime dog-walking hours. 1230 N. Hartford St.
The biggest and busiest of Arlington’s dog parks is worth the trip even if you don’t live nearby. Its 109,000 square feet give pups a chance to stretch their legs, and a separate area for small dogs is still plenty big. There’s also access to a stream—and for those whose pets get too dirty splashing around, Muddy Mutt self-serve dog wash is next door. 2710 S. Oakland St.
This article appeared in the April 2018 issue of Washingtonian.