Beach Drive Closure

The National Park Service is still conducting studies for the environmental assessment for the proposed closure of the northern section of Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park. The closure, slated to end on April 30, 2022, will be extended to September 5, 2022. This extension will ensure that we maintain recreational opportunities this summer, through Labor Day.

The NPS will continue to limit drivers’ access to this section of Beach Drive until a final determination is made.


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What areas does this Record of Determination impact?

Areas of Beach Drive open to motor vehicles

  • Between the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway and Broad Branch Road NW
  • Joyce Road NW and Picnic Grove #10
  • Wise Road to West Beach Drive

Areas of Beach Drive closed to motor vehicle use

  • Broad Branch Road NW and Joyce Road NW
  • Picnic Grove #10 and Wise Road NW
  • West Beach Drive NW and Boundary Bridge

Other roads closed to motor vehicle use

  • Sherrill Drive NW between Beach Drive and 16th Street
  • Ross Drive NW between Picnic Grove #22 and Ridge Road NW
map showing the areas of Beach Drive closed to vehicular traffic
Sections of Beach Drive that are yellow will remain closed to motor vehicles at this time.  In addition, Ross Drive NW will also be closed to motor vehicles.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the closure

Q. Why is this taking so long?

A. While working with our partners, we have added studies for the environmental assessment, including impacts to additional threatened and endangered species. Our goal is to be as thorough as possible, therefore it is taking longer to complete the EA.

Q: What threated and endangered species are you studying?

A: We are currently studying the Hay’s Spring Amphipod (currently listed as endangered) and the Northern Long-Eared Bat (currently listed as threatened).


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5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington , DC 20015


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

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