It's always a good time for a play date with your furry family member! Fairfax County is super dog-friendly, from accommodating pet-friendly hotel options to miles and miles of hiking trails to a slew of options for dog-friendly dining and brewery/winery hopping with your pups. But sometimes, those lovable creatures just need the opportunity to run wild with the wind in their hair.
Fairfax County is home to just around a dozen dog parks in each area of the county, which means no matter where you are staying in the DC region, there's likely a dog park near you. We've compiled a list to help you plan your pup's next adventure.
Grist Mill Dog Park
4710 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria
Located in Grist Mill Park, which overall features more than 75 acres of playing fields, garden plots, playground, trails, and more, as well as picturesque surroundings. The dog park does have a water supply and benches, as well as special mud-free landscaping.
Lenclair Dog Park
6725 Lenclair St, Alexandria
Lenclair Park features both grass and wood chip surfaces for visiting doggies and can accommodate up to 46 dogs (though it's usually never at capacity). Water supply is available, as well as benches. Outside the fenced-in dog park, enjoy this quiet neighborhood park for picnics, trail walks, playground, and more.
Westgrove Dog Park
6801 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria
This community-oriented park features both large and small areas for dogs to romp around in and has multiple dog water fountains. While this park is owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority, it operates as a public/private partnership with Westgrove PACK, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that help keep the park running. In summers, be on the look out for Hot Dog Friday Night, which encourages community fellowship while the dogs all play together.
Mason District Dog Park
Alpine Dr. & Pinecrest Pkwy, Annandale
Located within Mason District Park, this partially shaded space has seating for humans as well as some shared toys and water bowls. However, humans are encouraged to bring their own water, as this park does not have a water source. Give the pups a little extra exercise before or after playtime on the many trails nearby in Mason District Park.
Monticello Dog Park
5315 Guinea Rd, Burke
This park offers spaces to play for both large and small dogs on a gravel surface. There are benches and seating options for humans and water bowls are available (there is a water source here). If your human kids join you for the day, be sure to check out the outdoor fitness "playground" and Challenge Course located at the park.
Rock Hill District Dog Park
15150 Old Lee Rd, Chantilly
Known previously as Quinn Farm Dog Park, this fenced-in park features a large area for dogs on a gravel/dirt surface. Adjacent to the enclosed dog park is a large grassy area and lake. Bring your own water, as there is no water source.
Fairfax City Dog Park
11000 Berry St, Fairfax
Fairfax City's official dog park is located on the former site of Westmore Elementary School and features water fountains for the pups, park benches, and a fenced exercise/run area. Open dawn to dusk daily.
Chandon Dog Park
900 Palmer Dr, Herndon
Chandon Dog Park is another great neighborhood dog park with a fenced-in gravel/dirt play area. There is an additional space for small dogs under 25 lbs. The area is partially shaded and there are plenty of benches for human companions. (And unlike many areas, a restroom is available!) There is a water source available for dogs at this park.
Dulles Station Community Dog Park
13707 Sayward Blvd, Herndon
This 2.6-acre park features a water supply and a shade pavilion. While this is a smaller park than others, there can be up to 18 dogs in the dog park at one time. Nearby, enjoy wooded trails and some benches located outside of the play area. The overall Dulles Station Community Park also features a game area, large playground, fitness center, and sports facilities.
Blake Lane Dog Park
10033 Blake Ln, Oakton
This smaller park offers a grassy fenced-in field area for doggies to practice their zoomies in. Bring your own water though, as there is no water source here and very little shade.
Baron Cameron Dog Park
11300 Baron Cameron Ave, Reston
A popular dog park in Reston, Baron Cameron Dog Park offers two separate areas for large and small dogs. (The small dogs section is for pups under 25 pounds.) It is a mostly gravel/dirt play area and there is a water source here with shared bowls and toys. As this dog park is located within the larger Baron Cameron Park grounds, there are other facilities available including restrooms and sports fields.
South Run Dog Park
7550 Reservation Dr., Springfield
South Run has one large play area for up to 85 dogs. The play area is made mostly of dirt/gravel, but South Run also has some obstacles for the doggos to play on to test their agility. Humans should bring their own water as there is no water source here.
The Mile Dog Park
Westbranch Dr & Westpark Dr, Tysons
Tysons is quite an urban area, but dogs can still get some outdoorsy time at this small dog park located off of Westbranch and Westpark Drs. Featuring a fenced park with artificial turf (bonus - no mud!), the dogs will love this oasis in the middle of the city. Water fountains are available and benches are available for pet parents.
The Perch Dog Park
1600 Capital One Dr, Tysons
The newest space on this list is 11 stories in the air! Yes, this dog park sits atop Capital One Center in the middle of Tysons. Its dog park has been created with artificial turf to keep your dogs paws clean. Other amenities located on The Perch include Starr Hill Biergarten, Perch Putt miniature golf, and a live music amphitheater, plus access to The Watermark Hotel and Wren Tysons restaurant.
Vienna Dog Park
700 Courthouse Rd, SW, Vienna
The Vienna Dog Park is located in Moorefield Park on nearly 10 acres of land. Surrounded by lush greenery and walking trails, the dog park is fenced-in with shaded areas, a water supply, and benches. There is room for up to 20 dogs starting at 15 pounds and upwards to 120 pounds. Open from dawn to dusk.
Most of the above parks are operated by Fairfax County Park Authority. You can find further information on FCPA's off-leash dog parks here. For even more pet-friendly resources in Fairfax County, check out these dog-friendly restaurants, these pet-friendly hotels, and these other pet-friendly travel ideas.
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