• Rock Creek

    Rock Creek

    Park District of Columbia

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  • April 1 - 25, 2014: Beach Drive Closures for Pothole Repairs

    There will be intermittent closures on Beach Drive from the Maryland line to the intersection with the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway. Closures will be on weekdays, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Lane Closures and Construction Update Spring 2014

    Construction work on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway at Waterside Drive continues. There will be lane closures between rush hours to accommodate work on the roadway, multi-use trail and infrastructure. More »


The following brochures about Rock Creek Park are available for downloading to help you plan your visit.

Half-Day Hikes in Rock Creek Park

Three loop hikes that begin and end at the Nature Center include:

  • The "Rapids Bridge Hike" is a 2 mile hike that parallels the scenic whitewater section of Rock Creek.
  • The "Milkhouse Ford Hike" is a 1.75 mile hike that heads past Fort DeRussy, dating from the Civil War.
  • The "Boulder Bridge Hike" is a 3.5 mile hike that parallels the whitewater section of the creek and also crosses two picturesque bridges.

Explore the Woodland Trail Explore this short 1/4 mile hike behind the Nature Center and learn about some of the most common trees found in Rock Creek Park.

Bicycle Trails User's Guide This trail guide is specifically geared towards bicycling the park.

Environmental Education Programs for Groups Explore a woodland trail using your five senses. Learn about planets and stars in our galaxy. Discover what creatures live in the park. Touch live animals. Find constellations. Investigate Rock Creek's water quality. Learn how the forest grows. This guide is geared for teachers planning a visit to our park.

Peirce Mill Education Programs for Groups.

Bird Checklist Rock Creek Park is great place to view many species of birds. This is a complete checklist of the birds you find in Rock Creek Park, by month.

Did You Know?

Presdent Lincoln

President Lincoln came under enemy fire on July 12, 1864 at the Battle of Fort Stevens in northern Washington, DC.