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Northern Virginia Living

Dog-Friendly Northern Virginia
Dog-Friendly Parks and Restaurants

On a sunny day, you’re sure to notice that Northern Virginia is truly dog-friendly. Streets, parks and trails are littered with pets and their owners. If you’re a dog owner, there are plenty of activities in the area that include your furry friends! The Shirlington Dog Park in Arlington is just one example of the many off-leash dog parks. It is fully fenced, has water/river access and has a separate area for small dogs. Another park, Ben Brenman Dog Park, is in Alexandria and is also fully fenced and has an attached trail and park. There are many other parks and areas where dogs are allowed off-leash, but if you’d rather keep your pup on a leash, there are countless hiking trails, such as the 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail. Recreational parks include Huntley Meadows, Jones Point Park and Cameron Run Regional Park. Dog-friendly restaurants and happy hours are also popular. Jackson 20 New American Tavern in Old Town Alexandria features a yappy hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. from April to October. Pat Troys Irish Pub has an attached patio where dogs are permitted and the Dairy Godmother in Del Ray sells frozen treats for your pooch to enjoy!

More Information on area Dog Parks

Dog Parks in Alexandria

Dog Parks in Arlington

Dog Parks in Fairfax County

Dog Parks in DC