Picnic Grove 9

A picnic table beside a tree near the bank of Rock Creek
Picnic tables at picnic Grove 9 can afford beautiful views of the creek.

NPS Photo/ K. Cain

Quick Facts
Beach Drive
Picnic Area

Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Parking - Auto, Picnic Table, Trash/Litter Receptacles

Location Description

Picnic Grove 9 is located on Beach Drive NW north of Sherrill Drive NW, which is closed to vehicular traffic on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. The picnic area is only accessible from Beach Drive NW at the Joyce Road NW intersection. The picnic area is tucked into a grassy space between the road and the bank of the creek. The area is dotted with trees and several picnic tables are scattered through the area.


No- Public restrooms are located at Picnic Grove 6.


Yes- There is a medium-sized parking area available.

Reservations and Permits

This site is reservable in advance from April through November and available on a first-come, first-served basis from December through March.

To make a reservation, please go to the website and search for "Rock Creek Group Picnic Areas." You can also make reservations by phone at 1-877-444-6777 (10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. ET).

Reservations are by the half day. A half day is from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or dark whichever comes first).

All group activities of 25 or more people in Rock Creek must be registered under a special use permit. Visit our Permits and Reservations page for more information.

Contact United States Park Police to assist with Picnic Grove issues or if you think someone is occupying your reserved space- 1 (202) 610-7505.

Maximum Capacity

75 people

Rock Creek Park

Last updated: December 28, 2022