• Fall at Wolf Trap

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts


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  • New for Filene Center Performances 2014: Cooler inspections and size limits

    ALL coolers, packages, bags and other containers will be inspected.* ALL coolers must be 15”x15”x22” (48 quarts) or smaller. ALL other items must be 14”x13”x10” or smaller. *Please allow extra time for inspection. More »

Rivers and Streams

Wolftrap Creek meanders through the park.

Wolftrap Creek


Wolf Trap’s stream is a type C low gradient stream with meandering alluvial channels and broad, well defined floodplains. Heavy rain and runoff from neighboring housing subdivisions greatly augments the volume of the stream flowing through the park. Wolf Trap Run flows to the north from the south-east point of entry into the park. Halfway through its run, in the north-east section of the park it is joined by the Old Courthouse Branch Creek which flows into Wolf Trap Run. From this point it redirects to the west and exits the park from the park’s north-west boundary. Significant erosion of the stream bank has occurred in several distinct areas as a result of increased runoff and intermittent flooding. Several projects to plant riparian buffers to stabilize the creek banks have been completed, including placement of rip-rap along creek banks and tree planting in various locations. Erosion monitoring and control is an ongoing project within the park.

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Filene Center

Wolf Trap offers performances at the Filene Center and Theatre-in-the-Woods all summer long. More...