• Rock Creek

    Rock Creek

    Park District of Columbia

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  • Road Closure: Sherrill Drive, NW September 8 thru 19 for DC Water Sewer Line Work

    Sherrill Dirve from 16th Street to Beach Drive, NW will be closed to vehicle and bicycle traffic on weekdays between September 8 through 19 between the hours of 9:30 am to 2:45 pm for construction work on a nearby sewer line. More »

  • Evening Lane and Road Closures, Beach Drive

    DC Water crews will be performing sewer inspections on Beach Drive NW from 9:00 pm to 5:30 am through November 28, 2014. This work will require lane and road closures. More »

  • Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Lane Closures and Construction Update Summer 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 »

Operating Hours & Seasons

Rock Creek Park is open during daylight hours.

Our Visitor Centers are open as follows:

Nature Center

Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (closed on Thanksgiving, December 25, New Year days and the Fourth of July).


Ranger-led astronomy programs occur on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. (Young Planetarium), Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. (Seasonal Night Sky), and Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. (Exploring the Universe). The planetarium is otherwise closed, except by special arrangement.

Old Stone House

Open 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily (closed on the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, December 25, and New Year days).

Peirce Mill and Barn

Summer Hours: Open April 1 to October 31, Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Winter Hours: Open November 1 to March 31, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, to arrange a ranger-led program, or to arrange a curriculum-based education program (10 or more) , call the Nature Center at (202) 895-6070.

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.