An Oasis in the City

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 third 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.

Peirce Mill from behind, the water wheel trough leads up to the building.
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.

An image of Ranger Maggie being nuzzled by a large horse at the Horse Center.
Things To Do

Learn more about horseback riding, picnicking, golf, tennis, hiking, biking, and boating. There's so much to do!

Two people hold a wooden arrowhead cut out in front of a large green pop up tent during an event
Plan Like a Park Ranger

Take a look at the ten tips Rock Creek Park Rangers have for our visitors!

An up close image of the Rock Creek Park map.

Now that you know the basics, learn how to get to where you want to go!

Ranger Steve walks through the forest in winter, orange leaf litter still covers the ground.
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!

Ranger Steve
Join a Ranger-led Program!

Participate in ranger-led and other programs to learn more about nature, history, stars and planets, recreational opportunities, and more!

Recurring Volunteer Opportunities
Recurring Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with us on a regular basis through one of our volunteer positions

Last updated: June 20, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015


202 895-6000
Rock Creek Park's main phone line.

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