Rock Creek Park

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24 mi 39 km of trail 6 Featured Runs

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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.

Local Info

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 & Lodging

There are no accommodations within the park but they can easily be found in the surrounding metropolitan area.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Food & 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.
Yosaku Pretty solid Miso Ramen made with egg noodles in a soy bean broth and topped with roasted chicken.
District Taco Great tacos, obviously!
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 Mole, quesadillas, and tacos are great.
Taqueria Habanero Best Mexican in DC. Try the enchiladas con mole and the al pastor tacos!
Himitsu Yes, there’s a solid selection of nigiri and sashimi for those who want to play it safe, but we recommend heading for more unfamiliar territory—like uni paired with Alabama white sauce.
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
Bad Saint Unbelievable pork belly. Literally melts in your mouth

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.

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Fallen Trees - Tree blocking the path on the Valley Trail side, about 1/4 mile from the parking lot. You have to scramble up a steep, muddy slope to get past it.
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Open, but currently under construction and detoured in several places.
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#18 Boundary Trail
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