With a walk score of 77 and 1% of homes for sale mentioning the word “dog,” there’s a reason why DC ranks in the top five dog-friendliest cities in the US! We all want the best for our pooch, and taking them out to a dog park is one of the best ways they can get their energy out and socialize!

Not only do dog parks bring joy to our pups, but they encourage their owners to get active and interact with others too! The NRPA (National Recreation and Park Association) states that 91% of Americans believe that dog parks benefit their communities! So, where can Georgetownians take their dogs for exercise? There are plenty of places near the neighborhood for you and your furry friend to let loose. 

Parks in Georgetown 

The public spaces in our Parks article are located right in Georgetown and are great places to take your dog. However, note that these are technically on-leash grounds. Waterfront Park has a walking path that hugs the Potomac River, so it’s an excellent place for a stroll. The area also offers a surplus of grassy space. 

A local secret for dog owners is Montrose Park. From around 4-6 pm, it acts as an unofficial gathering place for neighbors to bring their dogs and catch up. The park itself is very dog-friendly. Trash bins with plastic baggies are scattered throughout to pick up your dog’s waste.

Additionally, an owner donated a box of tennis balls to the area in memory of their four-legged friend who passed away. Check out this hidden gem for an excellent opportunity to make new friends in the neighborhood! 

Montrose Park Address: 3052 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Gateway Park Interim Dog Park 

Directly across the river, you will find Gateway Park Interim Dog Park in Rosslyn, VA. This fun spot was set up by the R-dogs foundation and is a donation-based dog park where pups can roam off-leash. The park features: 

  • Grassy and sandy dog areas 
  • Park benches and beach chairs for owners 
  • Poop bags and trash bins 
  • They are currently raising money for agility equipment 
  • There is a children’s playground next to the dog park for your child’s entertainment! 

R-dogs hosts various events and fundraisers to stay involved and meet fellow dog lovers. Follow their Instagram to stay up to date on new announcements, events, and of course, adorable puppy photos. You can learn more about donating to the cause or becoming a volunteer on their website

Gateway Park Interim Park Address: 1300 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22209

Newark Street Dog Park 

If you are willing to travel a bit further North (a 15-minute drive), there is a highly rated dog park in Cathedral Heights. Newark Street Dog Park features two play areas, one for large pets and the other for small dogs. Additionally, the terrain is made from eco-friendly crushed granite that acts as a cushion to dog paws.

When you and your K-9 get worn out from running around, the park provides two water stations for both humans and pets! A shaded gazebo for dogs, benches, trash bins, and poop scoop bags are placed throughout the area. Finally, a plethora of tennis balls scatters the park. They’re provided by the next-door tennis courts from the players who missed their shot! 

The dog park is open weekdays from 7 am-9 pm, and 8 am-9 pm on weekends and holidays. During the winter, when it’s cold and gets dark early, the park closes at 7:30 pm. Join the Newark Street Dog Park Facebook Group for some paws-ative updates! 

Newark Street Dog Park Address: Newark St NW and 39th St NW Washington, DC 20008, Washington, DC 20016 

Francis Dog Park 

Across from Rose Park, on the other side of Rock Creek, is Francis Dog Park. This is a popular off-leash dog park in the West-End for Washtonians to bring their pups to run and play. The play pin itself is described to be on the smaller side, but the public enjoys the convenience of the location and the kind dog owners who frequent there. Additionally, the gated area offers plenty of shade for hot summer days.

In 2017, Francis Dog Park became a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. The board hosts various fundraisers and accepts donations to maintain the space. For more insight on fundraising events or volunteering, check out their website

Francis Dog Park Address: 25th St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Walking Your Dog Around Georgetown 

If you are looking to take your dog for a walk around the town, the streets of Georgetown are notably friendly and accepting of pets. Several shops along Wisconsin Ave provide water bowls or treat jars for passing pups. It’s not uncommon to see homes throughout the neighborhoods leave out water bowls as well! Just remember to keep your furry friend on a leash and always pick up their waste. 

Additionally, if you want to take your dog on your date (no judgment!) or a family outing, there are plenty of restaurants in the neighborhood that welcome dogs on their patio. Most notably include: 

Owners understand that dogs are more than just pets; they are family! Make a trip to the dog park a part of your regular routine for your pet’s health and happiness. Parks in Georgetown, Francis Dog Park, Newark Street Dog Park, and Gateway Park Interim Dog Park are great places to explore. 

If you’re interested in finding a new home in a dog-friendly neighborhood, contact Georgetown Property Listings for help in finding a paw-some property! Additionally, check out our resource on finding dog-friendly properties in the area. What’s your favorite activity to do with your pet? Let me know on Instagram