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29 mi 47 km of trail 6 Featured Runs

Gems 4 Gems Easy Trails 24 Trails Intermediate Trails 5 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

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.

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.

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.

Maps & Guidebooks

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

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1.6 mi 2.5 km #1 Black Horse Trail (South)
Washington, DC
1.6 mi 2.5 km Washington, DC
All Clear
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Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
3.1 mi 5.0 km #2 Valley Trail - North
Washington, DC
3.1 mi 5.0 km Washington, DC
All Clear
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Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
2.1 mi 3.3 km #3 Valley Trail - South
Washington, DC
2.1 mi 3.3 km Washington, DC
All Clear
Update
Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
1.0 mi 1.6 km #4 Melvin C. Hazen Trail
Washington, DC
1.0 mi 1.6 km Washington, DC
All Clear
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Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
3.7 mi 6.0 km #5 Western Ridge Trail
Silver Spring, MD
3.7 mi 6.0 km Silver Spring, MD
All Clear
Update
Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
1.8 mi 3.0 km #6 Bike Trail #5 - Klingle Road Bridge South
Washington, DC
1.8 mi 3.0 km Washington, DC
All Clear
Update
Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
0.9 mi 1.4 km #7 Soapstone Valley Foot Trail
Washington, DC
0.9 mi 1.4 km Washington, DC
All Clear
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Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
0.9 mi 1.5 km #8 Dumbarton Oaks Path
Washington, DC
0.9 mi 1.5 km Washington, DC
Unknown
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0.4 mi 0.6 km #9 Piney Branch Foot Trail
Washington, DC
0.4 mi 0.6 km Washington, DC
All Clear
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Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
0.6 mi 0.9 km #10 Holly Trail
Washington, DC
0.6 mi 0.9 km Washington, DC
All Clear
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Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
0.3 mi 0.5 km #11 Pine Trail
Washington, DC
0.3 mi 0.5 km Washington, DC
All Clear
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Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
1.3 mi 2.1 km #12 Pinehurst Trail
Washington, DC
1.3 mi 2.1 km Washington, DC
All Clear
Update
Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
1.8 mi 2.9 km #13 White Horse Trail
Washington, DC
1.8 mi 2.9 km Washington, DC
All Clear
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Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
0.5 mi 0.8 km #14 Fort DeRussy Trail
Washington, DC
0.5 mi 0.8 km Washington, DC
All Clear
Update
Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
1.4 mi 2.2 km #15 Bike Trail #1 - Wise Rd. along Oregon Ave
Washington, DC
1.4 mi 2.2 km Washington, DC
All Clear
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Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
0.4 mi 0.6 km #16 Woodland Trail
Washington, DC
0.4 mi 0.6 km Washington, DC
All Clear
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Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
1.5 mi 2.5 km #17 Black Horse Trail (Central)
Washington, DC
1.5 mi 2.5 km Washington, DC
All Clear
Update
Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
1.2 mi 1.9 km #18 Bike Trail #2 - Beach Drive to Bingham Drive
Washington, DC
1.2 mi 1.9 km Washington, DC
All Clear
Update
Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
0.7 mi 1.1 km #19 Cross Trail #4
Washington, DC
0.7 mi 1.1 km Washington, DC
All Clear
Update
Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
1.9 mi 3.1 km #20 Potomac Heritage NST Section
Washington, DC
1.9 mi 3.1 km Washington, DC
All Clear
Update
Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
0.8 mi 1.3 km #21 Potomac Heritage NST Section
Washington, DC
0.8 mi 1.3 km Washington, DC
All Clear
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Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago
0.3 mi 0.5 km #22 Boundary Trail
Silver Spring, MD
0.3 mi 0.5 km Silver Spring, MD
Unknown
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0.8 mi 1.2 km #23 Bike Trail #4 - Glover Rd South to Beach Dr
Washington, DC
0.8 mi 1.2 km Washington, DC
All Clear
Update
Clear today but rain is forecasted tonight; it'll be muddy tomorrow.
43 days ago

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