Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway

A four lane road way with a bridge over top.
Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway

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Quick Facts

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The Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway is a scenic motorway that runs from the Potomac River, north along Rock Creek for a distance of 2 miles, terminating at Beach Drive. 

The Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway is a major commuting thoroughfare in to and out of the city of Washington. Closures are in effect Monday through Friday between Shoreham Drive NW/Beach Drive NW and Virginia Avenue NW.

On weekdays, all traffic is directed southbound towards downtown Washington, DC between 6:45 AM and 9:30 AM.  

In the afternoon, all traffic is directed northbound between 3:45 PM and 6:30 PM.  

There are some holidays when traffic on the parkway is not reversed. Please be aware of and respect all signage, cones, and barricades that will be directing traffic flow.


Rock Creek Park

Last updated: April 23, 2024