Rock Creek Park is truly a gem in our nation's capital. This 1,754-acre city park was officially authorized in 1890, making it the 3rd national park to be designated by the federal government. It offers visitors the opportunity to escape the bustle of the city and find a peaceful refuge, recreation, fresh air, majestic trees, wild animals, and thousands of years of human history.
An Oasis in the City
Join a Ranger-Led Program!
Come along on one of our many Ranger led programs. Seasonal planetarium shows and hikes means that there is always something new!
Go For a Hike
We have over 32 miles of hiking trails and paths for you to explore! Follow one of our suggested hikes or create your own!
Coyotes in the City?
Yes! Coyotes live in Rock Creek Park!
Beach Drive Rehabilitation
Beach Drive is being rehabilitated. Plan ahead.
Our Popular Places
Civil War fortifications, working mills, colonial houses, and thousands of years of DC history. You can explore it all in Rock Creek Park.
Things To Do
Learn more about horseback riding, concerts, picnicking, golfing, tennis, hiking, biking, and boating. There's so much to do!