Rock Creek Park

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23 mi 37 km

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24 mi 39 km

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Rock Creek Park provides visitors with convenient access to the great outdoors. A relief from the surrounding urban landscape of the nation's capital, the park features old deciduous trees, a variety of birds and small mammals, and the flowing Rock Creek.

To learn more about Rock Creek Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Description
Visitor Centers:
Opening and closing dates and hours vary for visitor centers at Rock Creek Park. Check the park's website for current operating hours.
  • Nature Center: Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Day).
  • Planetarium: Wednesdays at 4:00 pm (Young Planetarium), Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm (Seasonal Night Sky), Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00 pm (Exploring the Universe).
  • Old Stone House: Open 11:00 am to 6:00 pm every day (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year Day)
  • Pierce Mill and Barn: (April 1 to October 1) Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. (November 1 to March 31) Open Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Visiting Tips
Rock Creek Park is open during daylight hours, 365 days a year.

Fees and Passes:
Park entrance and programs are free. For more details on Permits and Reservations check the park's website.
Camping and Lodging
There are no accommodations within the park but they can easily be found in the surrounding metropolitan area.
Maps and Guidebooks
To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.
Food and Drink
Food services are not available at Rock Creek Park, but can be found in the nearby cities of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, or one of the neighborhoods north of downtown Washington D.C.

Visitors are welcome to picnic in the area but must make reservations online at www.recreation.gov. For more information on park picnic grove reservations, call the Rock Creek Park Permits Office at (202) 895-6013.

After the Run: Local Favorites

Little Red Fox Caramelite bars, Rochers, Breakfast Burrito = the truth. Best breakfast burrito in D.C,. and they serve it 'til 4pm on weekends. Perfect ratio of eggs/excellent cheese/potato, etc. Fantastic espresso.
Bread Furst Love this place. Great bakery, awesome homemade hot and bbq sauce. Breakfast biscuits, vegetable strata, quinoa
St. Arnold's of Cleveland Park Yes this is a mussel bar but you must try the St. Arnold's Over-Stuffed Burger that's topped with both bacon and prociutto. It also comes with mushrooms, peppers and onions.
District Taco Great fish tacos
Little Coco's Yummy grilled octopus aperitivo
CAVA Get the salad with super greens and then load it up with your favorite veggies and proteins!
Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana The drinks and tacos are delicious
Taqueria Habanero Best Mexican in DC. Try the enchiladas con mole and the al pastor tacos!
Pho Viet this place blows pho 14 out of the sky. try the fried sweet potato.
Timber Pizza Company Pretty in Pepperoni w/Chorizo and fresh basil. #1337
Thip Khao Fried quail whispers of ginger, garlic, oyster sauce but shouts of white pepper. Delicious. Sliced pork sausage eaten with matchsticks of fresh ginger is charcuterie by way of Southeast Asia.
Sushiko Chevy Chase Awesome mango salmon roll
Los Hermanos Stew Goat with Moro de Guandules....just Amazing. 5 star food
Mi Cuba Cafe A wonderful family restaurant. Large portions, delicious food, fantastic prices! Chicken and steak had excellent flavors. Staff very friendly. Best plantains in the area!
2 Amys Best pizza in DC hands down! Relaxed, comfy and besides the pizza, great beers. -Tamesha Warren, Top Chef
&pizza Finally open! Make your own pizza and good soda selection
Parkway Deli & Restaurant Their matzoh ball soup kicks any illness' butt!
El Chucho Cocina Superior El Chucho has an impressive beverage menu for such a small place, complete with a variety of margaritas, spike-able sodas and a cocktail list that includes the Senor Clusterf*ck and a Blue Hawaiian.
Other Activities
In addition to exploring any of the 32 miles of trails in the park, visitors to Rock Creek Park will not be disappointed by the variety of other activities that are offered. Horseback riding, biking, tennis, golf, and boating are among the many activities that the park affords seasonally. Check in with the park's website for more information.
Rock Climbing Anchors Class - Natural & Fixed Protection - Level 1: Apr 30 - C & O Canal National Historical Park: Carderock
We will cover climbing gear, knots, evaluation and use of natural and fixed protection, and equalizing the forces on the anchor. This is a hands on program where you will build climbing anchors. This outing will focus on construction and assessment of anchors. Details
Introduction to Map & Compass Class - Level 1: Apr 30 - Rock Creek Park: Nature Center
In this class you'll learn to read map contour lines and translate them to the actual terrain. With your compass we'll teach you about magnetic north, true north and declination. Then we'll put it all together to pinpoint your location and plan your route. Details
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