Now that the weather is warming up and you’re eager to get outside, your pup will likely be feeling the same way. Spring is the perfect season to get outdoors with your dog and get some exercise in the Fairfax area, so if you’re looking for ways to spend more time with your four-legged friend, here are some of the most popular spots in town for some pet bonding time.

Mason District Off-Leash Dog Park. If your main concern is getting your pup some exercise and socialization with other dogs, this is the place for you. This off-leash dog park allows your pup to run free with other friendly dogs in the area, and regulars say it’s a laid-back place where dogs can roam about and chase toys with their friends.

Rock Hill District Park. With separate areas for large and small dogs, this dog park is ideal if you’re concerned about your dogs size in relation to other visitors. If your dog enjoys swimming, there are also a few swimming holes throughout the larger expanse of the park.

Pohick Stream Valley Trail. Take your dog along on a hike at this lush, green walking trail. The trail is paved, which makes it much easier to navigate than many hikes in the area, and the thick forests of trees on either side provide the perfect backdrop once the warm spring weather rolls around.

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. This popular hiking destination is best known for its dramatic water features, so it’s a great place to cool off with your dog on a particularly hot day. Humans and pups alike love wading through the shallow waters and admiring the rushing waterfalls at this scenic preserve.

Chandon Dog Park. This is another great dog park with fenced-in areas separated by the size of dog. As an added bonus, there’s plenty of drinking water for the pups and lots of shady trees for those particularly hot summer days.