Picnic Grove 1

A grassy area with pavilion, picnic tables and several trails. It is shadowed by tall trees.
Picnic Grove 1 has access to bathrooms, a large grassy area and several picnic tables

NPS Photo/ K. Cain

Quick Facts
Near the intersection of Tilden Street NW and Beach Drive
Picnic Pavilion

Accessible Sites, Benches/Seating, Bicycle - Rack, Fire Pit, Grill, Parking - Auto, Picnic Shelter/Pavilion, Picnic Table, Toilet - Flush, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Water - Bottle-Filling Station, Water - Drinking/Potable, Wheelchair Accessible

Location Description

Picnic Grove #1 has a single story brick pavilion with a fire place. The ground slopes away from the picnic pavilion towards the creek. Between the pavilion and the creek there is a paved multi-use hiking and biking trail. The trail goes under the Tilden Street bridge to the north and over a the creek on a foot bridge to the south.  Access to the Reservation 630 Trail is to the south west of the pavilion and the Western Ridge Trail continues to the south over a small foot bridge.  Several picnic tables are scattered through the open space around the pavilion.


 Yes- Public restrooms are attached at the rear of the pavilion near a gravel path.


 Yes- There is a medium sized parking area next to the pavilion that can fit 50 cars with street parking available for over-flow.  

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).

Contact United States Park Police to assist with Picnic Grove issues or if you think someone is occupying your reserved space- 1 (202) 610-7500.

Maximum Capacity

75 people


Rock Creek Park

Last updated: March 19, 2024