Dog-Friendly Hikes in the DC Area

Our nation’s capitol has no shortage of awesome hikes that are perfect to explore with your pooch. Whether hiking through the backcountry in surrounding cities or exploring historic trails through the city, DC treats doggies as valuable members of the family. Washington DC’s rich history and monumental landmarks aren’t the only things that doggies love about the capitol. Read below for the top 10 hikes to take your dog on in DC. And don’t forget to stop by any of our stores or shop online for some pet accessories!

Rock Creek Park
With over 32 miles of trails at Rock Creek Park, you and your pooch have wonderful hiking opportunities ahead! Rock Creek Park is a fantastic place for a walk, run or bike ride with your furry friend. The beautiful green landscape and endless trails through the woods make this hike impossible not to love.

3545 Williamsburg Ln NW Washington, DC, US 20008
Hours: Open during daylight hours

Capital Crescent Trail
The Capital Crescent Trail is a beautiful trail that runs along the picturesque Potomac River. Pooches and their owners love walking, running or hiking the wide, paved trail that runs from Bethesda to Georgetown. From bikers and hikers to stroller pushers and dog walkers, everyone is welcome to enjoy the beautiful views from the Capital Crescent Trail.

3500 K St NW Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Theodore Roosevelt Island
The Theodore Roosevelt Island Hike is a perfect get-away for people and their pups from the hustle and bustle of downtown Washington, DC. The trail is surrounded by forests, parks, and waterfront views. Whether in the mood to take a leisurely stroll, run or hike with your doggy, Theodore Roosevelt Island is a great place to spend time with your pooch, observing all kinds of wildlife such as ducks, fish, frogs, turtle, cranes and bugs!

George Washington Pkwy Arlington, VA 22216
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Great Falls: Billy Goat Trail
If you’re looking for more than just a hike and want to embrace the true experience of mother nature, look no further than the Great Falls Billy Goat Trail. Not only will this hike push your body to the limits (especially your legs), but you’ll see some local residents on the trails too. From snakes to geese, be sure to keep a close eye on Fido during this beautiful hike.

Please note: Dogs are allowed on Trails B and C, but are not allowed on Trail A.

11710 Macarthur Blvd Potomac, MD 20854
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve
If you’re seeking a light walk for you and your canine, Scott’s Run Nature preserve is an easy way to enjoy the beautiful color of the season with a little bit of exercise. Scott’s Run Waterfall is situated right along the hiking trail and it’s a great place for your pooch to have a blast! Your pup will love playing in the swimming holes, cooling off during the summer and playing with other dogs. The trail leads to the Potomac River, a rewarding view for you and your pup after the hike.

7400 Georgetown Pike McLean, VA 22102
Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Washington & Old Dominion Regional Park
Deemed the skinniest park in Virginia, The Washington and Old Dominican Regional Park is also one of the longest parks, with 45 miles of paved trails and 32 miles of gravel trail for hiking with Fido. If you’re feeling adventurous, the paved trails are great for rollerblading! With beautiful scenery in the urban heartland of the countryside of Northern Virginia, it’s hard not to love this hiking trail.

S Four Mile Run Dr and S Shirlington Rd Arlington, VA 22206
Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Winkler Botanical Preserve
If you’re looking for a short but scenic hike with Fido, look no further than Winkler Botanical Preserve. The 1.4 mile loop is perfect for a morning stroll or an intense cardio workout! The property is complete with lush plants surrounding a small pond in the center of the park. The park also serves as a local resource for schools in the area to teach schoolchildren about ecology and the environment.

5400 Roanoke Ave Alexandria, VA 22311

Dyke Marsh
Dyke Marsh is a hidden gem located right near Washington DC The beautiful trail leads to a renovated boardwalk where you’ll see panoramic views of a beautiful bridge and the National Harbor. You and your pooch will love being surrounded by marsh and plenty of wildlife. Don’t be surprised to see a few beaver dams, ducks, migratory birds and bald eagles! Dyke Marsh is one of the most peaceful places you can be with your pup!

Boat Launch Rd Alexandria, VA 22307
Hours: Open year-round from 6 am to 10 pm.

Kingman and Heritage Islands Park
Kingman and Heritage Islands Park is a long, narrow island in the Anacostia River. The park is complete with trails, trees and a diversity of birds and bugs. Locals, visitors and furry friends enjoy the bluegrass festival which is held here each year.

575 Oklahoma Ave NE (at N Benning Rd) Washington, DC 20002
Summer Hours: (April through October) Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM*, Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM*
Winter Hours (November through March) Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM – Dusk*, Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – Dusk*

Mount Vernon Trail
The Mount Vernon Trail is a multi-use trail that’s a great place to walk Fido in Washington DC! The trail is a truly unique way for you and your pup to see parts of DC/Alexandria/and Mount Vernon from a different vantage point. There are plenty of places to stop and stare at the beautiful scenery, including Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve. The trail itself is very well maintained which makes it an easier hike for you and your pup.

The Mount Vernon Trail parallels the parkway between Theodore Roosevelt Island and Mount Vernon.
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset


Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 12.16.02 PMNeed a new leash and collar before you take your pooch on that hike? Our Wolfgang selection features some of the coolest-looking designs we’ve seen. AND, all leash and collars are on sale at all our stores and online, click here to shop!



Products ♥ We Love

Our Winter Clearance is well under way, and we’ve picked out the products with the most bang for your buck. So instead of shopping for flowers and chocolates, why not dish out on some gifts that will last? Quality gear + winter = best valentine’s weekend ever!

For Warmth: Women’s

For Warmth: Women

Patagonia W’s Fiona Parka: This exceedingly feminine, urban and lightweight down coat is made of recycled polyester and insulated with 800-fill-power premium European goose down; quilting keeps down in place for warmth. Was $299, now $249.97!

The North Face W’s Transit Jacket: Get from point A to B without going numb in the dead of winter with the reliable thermal protection of 600-fill down protected by a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Slightly angled quilting lines at exterior create a slimming effect. Was $249, now $219.97!

ALL Patagonia and The North Face W’s Long Insulated Jackets are on sale!

For Warmth: Men’s

For Warmth: Men

Black Diamond M’s Belay Jacket: Provides warmth and packability with a high, protective collar in place of a hood. The jacket’s PrimaLoft® ONE insulation easily compresses into a pack when it’s time to climb and insulates even when wet. Was $199, now $119.97!

Fjallraven M’s Greenland Down Jacket: A classic Fjallraven jacket in G-1000 Original filled with down and a snug fitting fixed hood. Look stylish and warm! Was $500, now 399.97!

ALL Black Diamond, Fjallraven, Flylow (stores only), Rab (stores only) and Spyder outerwear are on sale! 

For Warmth: Extra Layers

For Warmth: Extra Layers

Arc’teryx Gothic Glove: Made with natural Merino Wool, the Gothic Glove is a lightweight form-fitting base layer that adds additional warmth to any layering system. Was $35, now $28!

Patagonia W’s Mirror Lake Vest: This après-ski reversible vest is color-blocked on one side and solid on the other; its hip-length, insulated and has a tall collar. Was $149, now $119.97!

For The Slopes

For The Slopes

Smith Variance Matte Black Helmet: Whether cruising down corduroy or exploring the side country, this helmet offers the most advanced technology, all with the guaranteed and comfort of a Smith premium fit. Was $180, now $144!

Arc’teryx M’s Sabre Pants: Designed for mountain terrain and on-piste adventures, these pants are built for riders/skiers and are shaped with Arc’teryx’s most relaxed fit. Was $449, now $399.97!

Mountain Hardwear W’s Returnia Insulated Pants: A reliable, waterproof, windproof ski pant with plenty of synthetic insulation to keep you warm. Was $180, now $149.97!

The North Face Boys’ Freedom Insulated Pants: Made from waterproof, breathable, fully seam sealed HyVent 2L fabric on the exterior, this snow pant features warm and lightweight insulation. Was $110, now $89.97!

For The Slopes

Point6 Ski Carve Light OTC: Point 6’s best selling ski sock with light terry loop cushioning in the shin and under the foot that offers fantastic comfort and warmth. Was $23.95, now $19.16!

Smartwool W’s PhD Ski Medium: The medium full-cushioned foot and leg in this sock provide warmth and comfort. ReliaWool Technology in high density impact zones improves durability. Was $25.95, now $20.76!

All ski socks, goggles and helmets are 20% off! So before you hit the slopes, be sure to stop by for some new gear.

For The Little Ones

For The Little Ones

The North Face Infant Plushee Fleece Bunting: How cute are these? Cradle your babies in warm Sherpa fleece from head to toe with this plush baby bunting that’s designed with an asymmetrical front zipper for easy on/off. Was $70, now $49.97!

For On-The-Go

For On The Go

Eagle Creek Pack-It Complete Organizer: Keep your journey drama-free with a little organization. Combining two half-sized packing cubes, one full-size cube, and an accessories pocket, you will be organized! Was $45, now $31.50!
Select Eagle Creek Pack-It Products are 30% Off, shop HTO’s selection here.

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag Medium: Born in 1989 and raised on the backs of hard-working bike messengers in San Francisco, the Classic Messenger Bag is a utilitarian work horse that just doesn’t quit. Was $99, now $79.97!
ALL Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bags are 20% Off, shop HTO’s selection here.

For Capturing Every Moment

For Recording

GoPro HD Hero3+ Black Edition: With up to 1080p HD video, the smaller and lighter GoPro Hero3+ is more powerful than ever, making it the most advanced camera yet. Take it with you anywhere so you don’t miss a moment! This is not on sale, but is well worth the splurge if you and your loved ones love the outdoors and sharing action photos – there’s no camera like it! $399.99

HTO’s Winter Clearance lasts through February. Stop by any of our five locations to shop the full selection.