National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior
Superintendent’s Compendium Of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and Other Restrictions Imposed Under Discretionary Authority.
Rock Creek Park 3545 Williamsburg Lane NW
Washington, DC 20008
Civil War Defenses of Washington areas administered by Rock Creek Park
Chevy Chase Circle
Dumbarton Oaks Park
Georgetown Waterfront Park
Francis Scott Key Memorial Park
Glover Archbold Park (Glover Parkway and Childrens Playground)
Klingle Valley Parkway
Meridian Hill Park and the 16th Street Parks
Old Stone House
Piney Branch Parkway
Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway
Robert Emmet Park
Soapstone Valley Park
Unnamed US Reservations city-wide administered by Rock Creek Park
US Reservation 630 (formerly Melvin Hazen Park)
Superintendent’s Compendium Described
The Superintendent’s Compendium is the summary of park specific rules implemented under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR). It serves as public notice, identifies areas closed for public use, provides a list of activities requiring either a special use permit or reservation, and elaborates on public use and resource protection regulations pertaining specifically to the administration of the park. The Superintendent’s Compendium does not repeat regulations found in 36 CFR and other United States Code and CFR Titles, which are enforced without further elaboration at the park level.
The regulations contained in 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, are the basic mechanism used by the National Park Service (NPS) to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the park, manage visitor use, provide for visitor safety, and protect property within the park. Parts 1 through 6 are general regulations applicable to all areas of the national park system, and Part 7 contains special regulations specific to individual parks. Each of these parts has many sections and subsections articulating specific provisions. Within some of these Part 1-7 sections and subsections, the Superintendent is granted discretionary authority to develop local rules to be responsive to the needs of a specific park resource or activity, park plan, program, and/or special needs of the general public.
As an example, 36 CFR 1.5(a) Closures and Public Use Limits provides the Superintendent certain discretion in allowing or prohibiting certain activities. The authority granted by the Section, however, requires the Superintendent to comply with the Administrative Procedures Act (6 USC Section 551), which requires public notice on actions with major impact on visitor use patterns, park resources, or those that are highly controversial in nature.
Another example is 36 CFR 1.6 Permits, which allows the Superintendent to require a permit for certain uses and activities in the park. This Section, however, requires that a list of activities needing a permit (and a fee schedule for the various types of permits) be maintained by the park.
A final example is 36 CFR 2.1(c) (1) Preservation of Natural, Cultural and Archeological Resources, which provides the Superintendent the authority to designate certain fruits, nuts, berries or unoccupied seashells which may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption. This activity can occur, however, only if a written determination shows that the allowed activity does not adversely affect park wildlife, the reproductive potential of a plant species, or otherwise adversely affect park resources.
This Compendium should be used in conjunction with Title 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, to more fully understand the regulations governing the use and enjoyment of all the areas of the national park system.
A copy of Title 36, CFR, can be purchased from the U.S. Government Printing Office at:
2. Laws and Policies Allowing the Superintendent to Develop This Compendium
The National Park Service (NPS) is granted broad statutory authority under 54 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1 et.seq. (Organic Act of 1954, as amended) to “…regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations…by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks…which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment for future generations” (54 U.S.C. Section 1). In addition, the NPS Organic Act allows the NPS, through the Secretary of the Interior, to “make and publish such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary or proper for the use and management of the parks, monuments, and reservations under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service” (54 U.S.C. Section 3).
In 1970, Congress amended the NPS Organic Act to clarify its intentions as to the overall mission of the NPS. Through the General Authorities Act of 1970 (54 U.S.C. Sections 1a1-1a8), Congress brought all areas administered by the NPS into one national park system and directed the NPS to manage all areas under its administration consistent with the Organic Act of 1954.
In 1978, Congress amended the General Authorities Act of 1970 and reasserted System-wide the high standard of protection defined in the original Organic Act by stating “Congress further reaffirms, declares, and directs that the promotion and regulation of the various areas of the national park system, as defined by Section 1 of this Title, shall be consistent with and founded in the purpose established by Section 1 of this Title, to the common benefit of all people of the United States.”
54 U.S.C. Section 1c defines the national park system as “…any areas of land and water now or hereafter administered by the Secretary of the Interior through the National Park Service for park, monument, historic, parkway, recreational, or other purposes.”
In addition to the above statutory authority, the Superintendent is guided by established NPS policy as found in the NPS Management Policies (2006). The Superintendent is also guided by more specific policies promulgated by the Director, National Park Service, in the form of Director’s Orders. As stated inNPS Management Policies, the primary responsibility of the NPS is to protect and preserve our national natural and cultural resources while providing for the enjoyment of these resources by visitors and other users, as long as use does not impair specific park resources or overall visitor experience. The appropriateness of any particular visitor use or recreational experience is resource-based and will vary from park to park; therefore, a use or activity that is appropriate in one park area may not be appropriate in another. The Superintendent is directed to analyze overall park use and determine if any particular use is appropriate. Where conflict arises between use and resource protection, where the Superintendent has a reasonable basis to believe a resource is or would become impaired, then that Superintendent is obliged to place limitations on public use.
3. Consistency of This Compendium with Applicable Federal Law and Requirements
The Superintendent’s Compendium is not considered a significant rule requiring review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. In addition, this Compendium will not have a significant economic effect, nor impose a significant cost on any local, state or tribal government or private organization, and therefore does not fall under the requirements of either the Regulatory Flexibility Act or the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
The actions and requirements described in this Compendium are found to be categorically excluded from further compliance with the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Department of the Interior (DOI) Guidelines 554 DM 6 and as such, an Environmental Assessment will not be prepared.
4. Development of the Requirements of the Superintendent’s Compendium
As outlined above, the NPS has broad authority and responsibility to determine what types of uses and activities are appropriate in any particular park or specific park area. The requirements of the Superintendent’s Compendium are developed through an analysis and determination process. The decision criteria used during this process are:
Is the use or activity consistent with the United States Code Title 54 and NPS policy?
Is the use or activity consistent and compatible with the park’s enabling legislation, management objectives, and corresponding management plans?
Will the use or activity damage the park’s protected natural and cultural resources and other protected values?
Will the use or activity disturb or be in conflict with wildlife, vegetation, and environmental protection actions and values?
Will the use or activity conflict with or be incompatible with traditional park uses and activities?
Will the use or activity compromise employee or public safety?
5. Applicability of the Compendium
The rules contained in this Compendium apply to all persons entering, using, visiting or otherwise present on federally owned lands, including submerged lands, and waters administered by the NPS within the legislative boundaries of the park. This includes all waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, including all navigable waters.
6. Enforcement of Compendium Requirements
NPS Law Enforcement Park Rangers and United States Park Police enforce the requirements of the United States Code, 36 CFR, and this Superintendent’s Compendium.
7. Penalties for Not Adhering to the Compendium Requirements
A person who violates any provision of the regulations found in 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, or provisions of this Compendium, is subject to a fine as provided by law (18 U.S.C. 3571) up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment not exceeding six months (18 U.S.C. 3559), or both, and shall be adjudged to pay all court costs associated with any court proceedings. You may receive a list of fines associated with any particular provision by contacting the United States Park Police or the park address.
8. Comments on the Compendium
The Compendium is reviewed annually and revised as necessary. The park welcomes comments about its program and activities at any time.
9. Effective Date of the Superintendent Compendium
The Superintendent’s Compendium is effective on the approval date listed on the first page of this document and remains in effect until revised.
10. Additional Information
Some of the terms used in this Compendium may have specific meaning defined in 36 CFR 1.4 Definitions.
Copies of the Compendium are available at Rock Creek Park Headquarters, 3545 Williamsburg Lane NW, Washington, DC 20008. It may also be found at https://www.nps.gov/rocr.
B. Superintendent’s Compendium
In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (“36 CFR”), Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, authorized by Title 54 United States Code, Section 3, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, within the boundaries of all areas administered by Rock Creek Park. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.
Written determinations that explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent’s use of discretionary authority, as required by Section 1.5(c), appear in this document identified by italicized print.
I. 36 CFR §1.5 – VISITING HOURS, PUBLIC USE LIMITS, CLOSURES, AND AREA DESIGNATIONS FOR SPECIFIC USE OR ACTIVITIES
(a)(1) The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all or for the listed portions of the park, and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the park to all public use or to a certain use or activity:
Unless otherwise designated, all park land is open between sunrise and sunset.
The Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and closed on the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days.
The Old Stone House is open Friday through Monday from 11 am to 7 pm. On Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day, the Old Stone House closes at 5 pm. The Old Stone House is closed on Christmas Day.
Carter Barron Amphitheater currently is closed for repairs.
The Peirce Barn/Peirce Mill complex buildings are open:
April 1 - October 31: Friday through Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
November 1 – December 31: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed on Christmas Day.
January 2 - February 28/29: Saturday and Sunday Noon to 4:00 pm. Closed on New Year’s Day.
March 1 – March 31: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Hours are dependent on sufficient staffing. Peirce Mill hours may be reduced if a Ranger is not available to operate the Mill.
When the COVID-19 Community Level is LOW or MEDIUM in the county or all the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals are not required to wear masks.
When the COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH in the county or all the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the CDC, all individuals over the age of two must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, in all common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops and restaurants.
When the COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH in one or more, but not all, of the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the CDC, the superintendent will determine whether individuals are required to wear masks. The requirement, if any, will apply to all facilities within the park.
Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.
Regardless of the COVID-19 Community Level, individuals may wear masks if they choose to do so. Where a state, local, tribal, or territorial government where the park is located imposes more protective mask-wearing requirements than those indicated by the COVID-19 Community Level, individuals must follow those more protective requirements within the park. More protective state, local, tribal, or territorial mask-wearing requirements are hereby adopted as federal requirements in all units of the National Park System located within that state, locality, area subject to a federally recognized Indian tribe’s regulatory jurisdiction, or territory, regardless of a particular park’s jurisdictional status.
Public Use Limits (please refer to 36 CFR 7.96):
Maintenance and repair of any vehicle, except for emergencies, is prohibited in all public use areas. Washing, waxing and cleaning of any vehicle is prohibited in all public use areas. This is to protect natural resources and visitor experience.
The flying of kites must not negatively affect other visitors or harm park resources. Each kite being flown must be under direct, constant control of a person, and all persons engaged in kite flying must make a reasonable effort to prevent resource damage, including collecting all kite materials. The flying of kites may not interfere with NPS or United States Park Police (USPP) operations. Kites should be flown at least 50 yards away from trees. The use of glass-coated or other abrasive and/or non-biodegradable kite string or line in the park is prohibited
No cleats are allowed, except on designated athletic fields.
No access to lawn areas is allowed during frosts, saturated conditions, or conditions that would cause turf damage. Notice of the lawn closure will occur through signage, fencing, red flags, posting on the park’s website or in the park permit office, or by a ranger or officer providing on-site direction.
Digging, staking, or otherwise damaging turf or causing ground disturbance is prohibited.
Recreational activities that damage or harm natural, cultural, or archeological resources are prohibited. This includes but is not limited to bicycle use on non-paved trails and grass surfaces, hiking off trail or creating a new unofficial trail, setting up and using hammocks (when not used by a self-supporting frame), and athletic games not played on designated athletic fields.
Hiking, pedestrian, and horse uses are restricted to designated foot, horse, and paved recreational trails, as shown on the map in the park brochure, and on lawn areas.
Bicycle use is restricted to paved trails, roadways and parking areas. Bicycle use is prohibited on all paved areas of Georgetown Waterfront Park with the exception of the Capital Crescent Trail, which is the paved trail directly adjacent to and paralleling Water Street NW.
Picnic areas 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, and 24 require a reservation permit from April through November and are limited to no more than 75 people. Picnic areas 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 29, and the picnic shelters east of South Dakota Avenue NE and at Fort Slocum Park operate as first-come, first-served, and are limited to no more than 25 people. Picnicking is prohibited at Fort Stevens and Battleground National Cemetary. Large group picnics of 25 or more people are not allowed outside of numbered picnic areas unless authorized in writing by the Superintendent. Informal picnics of fewer than 25 people are allowed in all other lawn areas except for the park areas listed above. Large sound systems, live bands, and DJs are prohibited in picnic areas. Visitors may use small speakers less than 3” in diameter to play music or other amplified sound, but volume must be kept at a reasonable level so that it does not disturb other park users.
Consistent with the District of Columbia Noise Control Act and DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) guidance identifying 9:00 pm to 7:00 am as “Nighttime” for the purposes of noise ordinance enforcement, the use of sound amplification equipment will not be permitted between the hours of 9:00 pm and 7:00 am. The National Park Service will allow an exemption to permit amplified sound after 9:00 pm for permitted tennis events at the Rock Creek Tennis Center and NPS events at the Carter Barron Amphitheater.
Coolers, scooters, rollerblades, bicycles, glass containers, picnic baskets, pets, and cans are prohibited inside Carter Barron Amphitheater and Rock Creek Tennis Stadium.
Service animals are allowed inside Carter Barron Amphitheater and Rock Creek Tennis Stadium when officially assisting a person with disabilities.
Any audio and/or video recording or professional photography of events at Carter Barron Amphitheater and Rock Creek Tennis Stadium is prohibited except when authorized in writing by the Superintendent.
Old Stone House visitor limit is 25 people.
The Peirce Mill visitor limit is 49 people in the basement, 61 people on the first floor, 49 people on the second floor, and 8 people on the third floor. All tours must stay behind the railing at the top of the stairs on the third floor. Advance group reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.
Parking is allowed only in designated, paved parking areas.
Weddings are allowed at Meridian Hill Park, Montrose Park, the garden at the Old Stone House, and at Georgetown Waterfront Park. Weddings in areas administered by Rock Creek Park require a Special Use Permit. There is a limit of 50 people; no chairs, balloons or decorations are allowed. Receptions are not allowed. Weddings are limited to one per day at each location.
Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters within the boundaries of areas administered by Rock Creek Park is prohibited except when approved in writing by the Superintendent.
Parasailing, windboarding, and gliding are prohibited. The practice of groundhandling techniques for parasailing may be authorized under a permit for designated areas of the park.
Unless otherwise designated, all park land is closed between the hours of sunset and sunrise except for motorized vehicle and bicycle traffic on park roads.
Buses, commercial vehicles, and trucks over ½ ton are prohibited on park roads unless authorized in writing by the Superintendent. School buses transporting students to the Nature Center are allowed on Glover Road, NW between Military Road, NW and the Nature Center.
The parks along 16th Street NW, including Meridian Hill Park, are closed midnight to 5:00 am from May through October, and 9:00 pm to 5:00 am November through April.
Sections of Beach Drive NW between Broad Branch Road NW and the Maryland boundary, all of Bingham Drive NW, and all of Sherrill Drive NW are closed to through motor vehicle traffic seven days a week.Beach Drive NW between Joyce Road NW and Picnic Grove 10, Ross and Morrow Drives NW, and portions of Ridge Road NW, are closed to motor vehicle traffic when snow or ice is present.
Carter Barron Amphitheater parking lot is closed from midnight until 5 am.
The fenced-in hillside west of Walter Pierce Park and north of the Calvert Street NW bridge is closed to protect sensitive cultural resources.
Definition: The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links.) This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g. model airplanes, model rockets, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.
Determination: Rock Creek Park (United States Reservation 339) was founded in 1890 by the U.S. Congress as "a public park or pleasure ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of the United States." The founding legislation also noted that the management of Rock Creek Park, which transferred to the National Park Service in 1933, "shall provide for the preservation from injury or spoliation of all timber, animals, or curiosities within said park, and their retention in their natural condition, as nearly as possible." Other areas under the administration of Rock Creek Park were authorized by the United States Congress or added under other authorities for land acquisition in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Superintendent’s Compendium is in force in all areas that are administered by Rock Creek Park.
Picnicking is prohibited at Fort Stevens and Battleground National Cemetery. Large group picnics of 25 or more people are not allowed outside of numbered picnic areas unless authorized in writing by the Superintendent.
These closures to picnicking are in effect to maintain the historical significance of the Fort and Cemetery and to provide visitors with the appropriate experience to be able to understand and comprehend the events that occurred in the park. The limitation of large picnic groups to designated areas is necessary to protect natural and cultural resources and to avoid conflict among visitor use activities.
Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Rock Creek Park as well as all other areas administered by Rock Creek Park is prohibited except as approved in writing by the Superintendent.
Under NPS Management Policies, the impact of the use of unmanned aircraft over Rock Creek park on soundscapes, vistas, cultural landscapes, migratory birds, critical migratory bird habitat and other features of the park that must remain in the conditions mandated by Congress must be assessed before the park can contemplate their use.
Rock Creek Park currently administers over 3,000 acres in 99 federal reservations stretching across the northwest and northeast quadrants of Washington, DC. Unmanned aircraft use throughout these reservations is prohibited until NPS can make a determination of the security concerns and possible impacts from an unmanned aircraft launched from within Rock Creek Park on areas adjacent to or surrounded by National Park Service land. These include the Federal Aviation Administration's Prohibited Area P-56B, adjacent to Dumbarton Oaks Park, Whitehaven Parkway, Normanstone Parkway, and sections of Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway; the 41 foreign missions that border Reservation 339, Civil War Defenses of Washington, Whitehaven Parkway, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, Klingle Valley, and Glover Archbold Park, among other reservations; the United States Department of Homeland Security Headquarters, which borders Glover Archbold Park and the Civil War Defenses of Washington; Federal Aviation Administration communications facilities, located on Civil War Defenses of Washington land; United States Army Corps of Engineers drinking water processing facilities and reservoirs adjacent to Potomac Palisades and Civil War Defenses of Washington land; and DC Water reservoir and drinking water processing facilities bounded by Civil War Defenses of Washington land. The preservation of the reverential and contemplative atmosphere of Battleground National Cemetery, at which 41 Union veterans of the Civil War Battle of Fort Stevens are interred, must also be considered in the assessment of this new use.
Given the requirement under NPS Management Policies 2006 that any new use must be assessed for appropriateness and possible impacts, less restrictive measures that would allow any use of an unmanned aircraft will not suffice.
Parasailing, windboarding, and gliding are prohibited.
The prohibition of these activities is necessary to maintain public safety and protect the scenic values of park areas administered by Rock Creek Park, as well as for ensuring compliance with Federal Aviation Administration airspace laws and policies for Washington, D.C.
Unless otherwise designated, all park land is closed between the hours of sunset and sunrise except for vehicular traffic on park roads. Buses, commercial vehicles, and trucks over ½ ton are prohibited on park roads unless authorized in writing by the Superintendent.
Limiting buses, commercial vehicles, and trucks over ½ ton is necessary to maintain public safety on these more park narrow roads, protect park scenic values and natural resources, and to preserve the intended use of Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway as a non-commercial corridor for public enjoyment per the legislative intent for creating the parkway.
The parks along 16th Street NW, including Meridian Hill Park, are closed midnight to 5:00 am from May through October, and 9:00 pm to 5:00 am November through April.
These closures are in effect to protect public safety and the integrity of cultural resource.
Per the November 1, 2022 Upper Beach Drive Management Plan/Environmental Assessment, sections of Beach Drive NW between Broad Branch Road NW and the Maryland boundary, Bingham Drive NW and Sherrill Drive NW are closed to motor vehicle traffic.
Beach Drive NW between Joyce Road NW and Picnic Grove 10, Ross and Morrow Drives NW, and portions of Ridge Road NW, are closed to motor vehicle traffic when snow or ice is present.
These closures were put into effect to provide equitable allocation and use of these roads for non-motorized use. Closures for snow and ice are in place to protect public safety.
Carter Barron Amphitheater parking lot is closed from midnight until 5 am.
This closure is in effect to protect public safety and help ensure the protection of cultural and natural resources.
Areas Designated for a Specific Use or Activity:
Docking or Mooring Areas:
Mooring of boats at the dock at Washington Harbour on the Georgetown Waterfront is prohibited between midnight and 6 am, as determined by the Superintendent, Rock Creek Park, dated January 30, 2002, 36 CFR 1.5, consistent with the determination by the Superintendent, C&O Canal National Historical Park, dated June 22, 1998, and the Regional Director's memorandum dated November 20, 1997.
E-Bike Use Areas/Routes:
36 CFR 4.30 prohibits the use of bicycles except on park roads, in parking areas, and on routes designated for bicycle use.
Electric bikes or “e-bikes” – defined as a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p) -- are allowed in areas administered by Rock Creek Park where traditional bicycles are allowed. This includes all park roads, parking areas, and paved trails, specifically:
Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW
Piney Branch Parkway NW
Blagden Avenue NW
Morrow Drive NW
Beach Drive NW
Glover Road NW
Ross Drive NW
Grant Road NW
Ridge Road NW
Sherrill Drive NW
Bingham Drive NW
Waterside Drive NW
West Beach Drive NW
Shoreham Drive NW
Cathedral Avenue NW
Horse Stable Road NW
Lovers Lane NW
Edgewater Stables parking lot and access road
All picnic grove parking lots
Thompson Boat Center parking lots and access road
Maintenance Yard parking lot and access road
Nature Center parking lot and access road
Klingle Mansion parking lot and access road
Center for Urban Ecology access road
Battery Kemble parking lot and access road
Brightwood Recreation Area parking lot and paved paths
Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail network
Capital Crescent Trail
Blagden Avenue Trail
Fort Reno Trail
Barnard Hill access road
Fort Totten access road
Civil War Defenses of Washington Hiker-Biker Trail
E-bikes are prohibited where traditional bicycles are prohibited, including all unpaved horse and pedestrian trails.
A person operating an e-bike is subject to the following sections of 36 CFR part 4 that apply to the use of traditional bicycles: sections 4.12, 4.13, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23, and 4.30(h)(2)-(5).
Except as specified in this Compendium, the use of an e-bike within Rock Creek Park is governed by District of Columbia law, which is adopted and made a part of this Compendium. Any violation of District of Columbia law adopted by this paragraph is prohibited.
Allowing electric bicycles on those roads, parking areas and paved trails noted previously will create new opportunities for recreation and access within the park, and provide additional benefits, including improved cardiovascular fitness, stress relief, reduction in body fat, and improved strength/flexibility. The NPS expects the following impacts on park visitors, resources or values – minor elevated noise levels, minimal air quality impacts (from electrical power generation for bike batteries), minimal disturbance of wildlife, potential safety issues from speeding, and improved access to natural and recreational resources. This action is covered by categorical exclusion A.8, specifically, “Modifications or revisions to existing regulations, or the promulgation of new regulations for NPS-administered areas, provided the modifications, revisions or new regulations do not: a) Increase public use to the extent of compromising the nature and character of the area or causing physical damage to it, b) Introduce noncompatible uses which might compromise the nature and characteristics of the area, or cause physical damage to it, c) Conflict with adjacent ownerships or land uses, or d) Cause a nuisance to adjacent owners or occupants.” This categorical exclusion is found in 3.3.A.8 in the NPS NEPA Handbook, page 34.
Unless operated by a person with a disability, motorized personal mobility devices may only operate on sidewalks or multi-use (paved) trails.
Users of motorized personal mobility devices must adhere to the following operating standards, most of which are also required under District of Columbia regulations that address the safe use of electric personal assistive mobility devices:
No person under 16 years of age may operate a motorized personal mobility device, unless they have a disability.
A person shall operate any motorized personal mobility device in a safe and non-hazardous manner so not to endanger oneself or any other person. The speed of the motorized personal mobility device will not exceed 8 miles per hour (mph).
Mini motorcycles (“pocket rockets,” dirt bikes, or similar) that are not licensed for street use are prohibited.
The park has identified the following locations as designated First Amendment areas:
The lawn space west of 23rd Street, NW and south of P Street, NW
The following restrictions on recreational activities are in effect:
Moon bounces and other air-filled land-based recreational devices are prohibited, as they can be unsafe and damage park resources.
Geocaching is prohibited, as it can disturb plant and animal habitat as well as archeological resources and cultural landscapes.
Orienteering off trail is prohibited, as park visitors are required to remain on trail at all times to protect park resources.
Ice skating is prohibited on all park waters, to promote visitor safety.
Climbing, rappelling, BASE jumping, bungee jumping, and slacklining, etc. is prohibited unless otherwise authorized in writing by the Superintendent. Installing, attaching, or using any fixed tensioned ropes and/or webbing (slacklines), and other devices to trees is prohibited, as this damages the trees. Installing, attaching, or using any fixed tensioned ropes and/or webbing (slacklines), and other devices to park buildings and structures is also prohibited, as this damages the buildings and structures. Stakes, poles, and other ground anchors are also prohibited, as it can cause environmental and archeological resource damage.
Hanging ropes or swings from park trees is prohibited.
Hitting golf balls outside the boundaries of Rock Creek Park Golf Course is prohibited.
Volleyball is allowed at the NPS developed and provided volleyball court south of the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.
The playing of horseshoes is allowed at NPS developed and provided horseshoe pits located south of the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.
Organized team sports are allowed only on designated sports fields.
Camping is prohibited within all park areas.
All park bodies of water, fountains, and memorial pools are closed to swimming, wading and bathing by people or household pets.
Archery target practice is prohibited.
Axe throwing and related activities are prohibited.
Awnings and portable pavilions, as well as canopies, tents or shade structures anchored to the ground, are prohibited except when authorized in writing by the Superintendent.
The building of a lean-to, fort, or other structure using sticks, branches, or other natural items found in the park is prohibited.
Removing or damaging natural or cultural resources is prohibited.
Driving or parking an unauthorized vehicle (including but not limited to golf carts, carts, trucks, bicycles, and scooters) on park lawn areas is prohibited.
Vehicles are permitted to idle only in accordance with the regulations of the District of Columbia
All park areas are closed to the viewing of wildlife with an artificial light.
The following restrictions and/or conditions are in effect for the specific uses or activities noted:
Dogs and other domesticated animals must be on leash within park areas and remain on official trails at all times, and park visitors must comply with District of Columbia leash laws. Dogs and other domesticated animals are prohibited from tennis courts, playgrounds, Equitation Field, Battleground Cemetery, and Fort Stevens.
Within all areas administered by Rock Creek Park, fishing is permitted only in Rock Creek between the Potomac River and Porter Street, NW or in the Potomac River off the overlooks between Francis Scott Key Bridge and Cecil Place, NW. District of Columbia fishing laws apply, including the requirement to possess a fishing license.
All vessels moored at NPS facilities shall maintain operable waste facilities of adequate size as determined by US Coast Guard or local regulations.
II. 36 CFR §1.6 – ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT
(f) The following is a compilation of those activities for which a permit from the Superintendent is required:
§1.5(d) The following activities related to Public Use Limits:
Weddings are allowed only at Meridian Hill Park, Montrose Park, the Old Stone House garden, and Georgetown Waterfront Park. A permit is required and a fee charged. For more information, contact the Special Park Use Office at 202-895-6013. Weddings at each location are limited to one per day.
Groups of more than 10 horses and riders must obtain a Special Use Permit from the Special Park Use office at 202-895-6013.
Groups of more than 20 hikers must obtain a Special Use Permit from the Special Park Use office at 202-895-6013.
§2.4(d) Carry or possess a weapon, trap, or net
§2.5(a) Permits for scientific research and specimen collecting (taking plants, fish, wildlife, rocks or minerals) may be obtained online at: www.science.nature.nps.gov/research. For information about these permits, contact the Rock Creek Park Natural Resources Management Office at 202-895-6074.
§2.12 Audio Disturbances:
(a)(2) Operating a chain saw in developed areas
(a)(3) Operation of any type of portable motor or engine, or device powered by a portable motor or engine in non-developed areas
(a)(4) Operation of a public address system in connection with a First Amendment Demonstration or Special Event. Amplified sound as part of First Amendment Demonstrations or Special Events must operate within limits specified in the permit conditions issued under CFR §7.96.
§2.17 Aircraft & Air Delivery:
(a)(3) Delivery or retrieval of a person or object by parachute, helicopter or other airborne means
The use of balloons (e.g., helium, hot air and water balloons) are prohibited unless authorized in writing by the Superintendent, for use as part of scientific or research purposes.
(c)(1) Removal of a downed aircraft
§2.23(b) The following special recreation activities (per 36 CFR Part 71):
Permits to reserve a picnic area are obtained online at www.recreation.gov, or by calling 1-877-822-6777. There are fees associated with picnic area reservations.
(a) Use, possess, store, transport explosives, blasting agents
(b) Use or possess fireworks
(a) Erection of monuments. (Erection of monuments in the District of Columbia requires an Act of Congress and compliance with the Commemorative Works Act.)
(b) Scattering ashes from human cremation is prohibited.
§4.11(a) Exceeding of established vehicle load, weight and size limits
§5.1 Advertisements - (Display, posting or distribution.): May be granted only if the notice or advertisement is of goods, services, or facilities available within the park area and such notices and advertisements are found by the Superintendent to be desirable and necessary for the convenience and guidance of the public.
§5.3 Engaging in or soliciting any business: Requires a Commercial Use Authorization, contract or other written agreement with the United States, or must be pursuant to special regulations. For more information, contact the Concessions Management Specialist at 202-438-6615.
§5.6(c) Use of commercial vehicles on park area roads to access private lands within or adjacent to the park when access is otherwise not available: Contact the Environmental Protection Specialist at 202-895-6010.
§5.7 Construction of buildings, facilities, trails, roads, boat docks, path, structure, etc.:Permits for construction, rights of way, and equipment staging areas are obtained from the Environmental Protection Specialist at 202-895-6010.
§7.96(b) Permits to reserve athletic fields within Rock Creek Park are obtained from the District ofColumbia Department of Parks and Recreation by calling 202-673-7646. The District of Columbia charges an administrative processing fee for these reservation permits.
§7.96(g) Permits to conduct a sports event, pageant, regatta, public spectator attraction, entertainment, ceremony, and similar gatherings and events: Organizers of Special Events such as those listed above, which are engaged in by one or more persons within any park area in the National Capitol Area, can obtain a Special Use Permit application by contacting the Division of Permits Management at 202-245-4715 or visiting https://www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/permitsandreservations.htm.
§7.96(g) Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades and other public expressions of views: Permits for First Amendment Demonstrations, which are engaged in by more than 25 people within any park area in the National Capital Area, can beobtained by contacting the Division of Permits Management at 202-245-4715 or visitinghttps://www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/permitsandreservations.htm.
§7.96(g) Commercial Photography/Filming:
(a) Commercial filming of motion pictures or television involving the use of professional casts, settings or crews, other than bona fide newsreel or news television
(b) Still photography of vehicles, or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising.
Permits for filming and still photography within any park area in the National Capitol Area: A special use permit application for these permits can be obtained by contacting the Division of Permits Management at 202-245-4715 or visiting https://www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/permitsandreservations.htm.
§7.96(h) Soliciting or demanding gifts, money, goods or services: Only allowed as part of the terms and conditions of a special use permit issued under §7.96(g)’
§7.96(k) Sale or distribution of printed matter that is not solely commercial advertising:
Only allowed as part of a First Amendment Demonstration, and must follow the terms and conditions of a special use permit issued under §7.96(g).
Part 12 National Cemeteries: Battleground National Cemetery is closed to burials.
III. GENERAL REGULATIONS
36 CFR §2.1 – PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
(a)(4) Using or possessing wood gathered from within the park area is prohibited. Standing dead wood or dead wood on the ground may not be collected for use as fuel for campfires or other uses.
(a)(5) Walking on, climbing, entering, ascending, descending, or traversing an archeological or cultural resource, monument, or statue is prohibited.
(b) Hiking or pedestrian traffic is restricted to the trail(s) or walkway(s) listed in 36 CFR §1.5 of this document. Hiking or walking off trail is prohibited.
Under §2.1(a), possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging, or disturbing from its natural state any natural, cultural and archeological materials from the park is prohibited except when authorized in writing by the Superintendent. This includes:
No fruits, nuts, berries, seeds, mushrooms, or cut greenery may be gathered or collected for personal or business use or consumption in Rock Creek Park.
No artifacts, portions of structures, or architectural elements may be collected within the park.
36 CFR §2.2 - WILDLIFE PROTECTION
(b) Hunting is not permitted on any park property. Trapping is not permitted on any park property.
(d) The transporting of lawfully taken wildlife through the park is not permitted.
(e) All park areas are closed to the viewing of wildlife with the use of an artificial light. This includes the use of infrared lights unless authorized in writing by the Superintendent as part of a Scientific Research and Collection permit.
36 CFR §2.3 – FISHING
In areas administered by Rock Creek Park, fishing is permitted only in Rock Creek between the Potomac River and Porter Street, NW or in the Potomac River off of the overlooks between Francis Scott Key Bridge and Cecil Place, NW. District of Columbia fishing laws apply, including the requirement to possess a fishing license.
(d)(2) Possession or use of live or dead minnows or other bait fish, amphibian, non-preserved fish eggs or roe is prohibited.
(d)(4) Commercial fishing is prohibited in Rock Creek Park.
(d)(8) Fishing from motor bridges is prohibited.
36 CFR §2.4 – WEAPONS, TRAPS, AND NETS (a)(1)(i) & (ii) Visitors may only possess and carry firearms within Rock Creek Park in accordance and compliance with federal and District of Columbia laws.
Federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.
Federal law makes possession of firearms in national parks subject to local and state firearms laws. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park.
Other weapons, traps and nets as defined under 36 CFR 1.4 will require a permit.
36 CFR §2.5 – RESEARCH SPECIMENS
(a) Taking plants, fish, wildlife, rocks, or minerals is prohibited except in accordance with other regulations of Chapter I of 36 CFR or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a Scientific Research and Collections Permit. Permits for scientific research and collecting may be obtained online at: www.science.nature.nps.gov/research. For information about these permits, contact the Rock Creek Park Natural Resources Management Office at 202-895-6074.
36 CFR §2.10 – CAMPING
(a) Camping is not allowed in areas administered by Rock Creek Park.
36 CFR §2.11 – PICNICKING
Fort Stevens and Battleground National Cemeteryare closed to picnicking and are listed in section 1.5(a)(1) “Closures”.
Conditions for Picnicking:
Large group picnics of 25 or more people are not allowed outside of numbered picnic areas unless authorized in writing by the Superintendent.
Informal picnics of fewer than 25 people are allowed in all other lawn areas except for the park areas listed above.
Large sound systems, live bands, and DJs are prohibited in picnic areas. Visitors may use small speakers less than 3” in diameter to play music or other amplified sound, but volume must be kept at a reasonable level so that it does not disturb other park users.
Commercial catering and food trucks are not allowed in picnic areas.
36 CFR §2.12 – AUDIO DISTURBANCES
(a)(2) Operating a power saw in developed areas is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.
(a)(3) Operating any type of portable motor or engine, or device powered by a portable motor or engine in non-developed areas is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.
(a)(4) Operating a public address system is prohibited, except in connection with a public gathering or special event for which a permit has been issued pursuant to §7.96.
Any sound amplification equipment must not unreasonably disturb nonparticipating persons or others in the vicinity of the area.
36 CFR 2.13 – FIRES
(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is generally prohibited, except as provided for in the following designated areas and/or receptacles, and under the conditions noted:
Designated Areas: Fires are allowed within fire and grilling structures in established picnic areas.
Receptacles Allowed: Reasonably sized individual grills are allowed in established picnic groves. Large tow-behind grills or smokers are not permitted in the park without a Temporary Food Establishment permit issued by the Regional Public Health Specialist.
A permit may authorize the use of open flame candles during a demonstration, but such candles must be hand-held at all times and equipped with drip protectors to protect park resources. Because wax can cause permanent damage unless removed properly and in a timely fashion, if wax drips occur in park areas, the permit holder shall contact the park’s Superintendent to ensure proper removal treatment occurs.
(b) Fires must be extinguished according to the following conditions:
Charcoal must be doused with water completely and disposed of in a proper receptacle.
It is prohibited to extinguish charcoal fires by spreading the charcoal on any ground surface or dumping it in any body of water. It is the responsibility of the user to extinguish the fire and remove (or place in the proper container) all fire by-products from the park upon completion of use.
(c) During periods of high fire danger, the Superintendent may declare that fires are banned within the park.
36 CFR §2.14 – SANITATION and REFUSE
(a)(2) The use of government refuse receptacles or facilities for dumping household, commercial, or industrial refuse, brought as such from private or municipal property is prohibited.
(a)(5) Bathing or washing food, clothing, dishes, or other property at public water outlets, fixtures, or pools is prohibited.
(a)(7) Disposing of fish remains on land or in waters within 200 feet of boat docks or designated swimming beaches or within developed areas is prohibited. (a)(8) In developed areas, the disposal of human body waste is prohibited, except in designated restroom facilities.
36 CFR §2.15 – PETS
Domestic pets (pets) are only authorized in open air, outdoor, recreational areas of parks.
Pets are required to remain on trail at all times, and are prohibited in off trail areas.
Pets must be restrained in a pet carrier or by a leash, and accompanied at all times while in the park.
Leashes must be no longer than 6 feet. The leash shall be held by a person capable of physically managing the pet(s), and the number of pets per person should be reasonable for the person holding them to manage.
Animals that do not meet the definition of a domestic pet are not allowed in parks, unless authorized in writing by the Superintendent.
Domestic pets are prohibited from Battleground National Cemetery and Fort Stevens
Further restrictions on pets/animals may be defined within special use permits issued for events.
Note: This section on pets does not apply to service animals, and dogs used by law enforcement in the performance of their duties.
(a)(3) Leaving a pet unattended and tied to an object is prohibited.
(a)(5) Pet excrement must be disposed of in accordance with the following conditions:
Solid pet waste must be collected and disposed of by placing in a trash receptacle. If a park trash receptacle is not available at a park location, solid pet waste must be removed from the park.
36 CFR §2.54 – HORSES and PACK ANIMALS
(b) The use of horses or pack animals is prohibited outside of the following trails, routes or areas designated for their use:
Established horse trails within Rock Creek Park (see park map at www.nps.gov/rocr).
Within the operational boundary of the Rock Creek Park Horse Stables and the adjacent parking areas.
Note: These prohibitions do not apply to the use of horses by the United States Park Police.
(g) Other conditions concerning the use of horses or pack animals:
Free-trailing or loose-herding is not permitted on the Rock Creek Park trails or routes.
Horse trailers and tow vehicles must be parked legally in designated parking spaces.
Groups larger than 10 horses and riders must obtain a permit from the Special Park Use office at 202-895-6013.
36 CFR §2.17 – AIRCRAFT and AIR DELIVERY
(a)(1) Operating or using aircraft on lands or waters is prohibited.
(a)(3) Delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means is prohibited, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.
36 CFR §2.18 – SNOWMOBILES
(c) Snowmobiles are prohibited.
36 CFR §2.19 – WINTER ACTIVITIES
Winter activities such as walking, sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tobogganing are permitted on park trails with a sufficient snow cover.
Winter activities are prohibited on snow emergency routes unless otherwise designated.
The towing of persons on skis, sled, or other similar device by motor vehicle or snowmobile is prohibited.
(a) Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, tobogganing, and similar winter sports are prohibited on park roads and in parking areas open to motor vehicle traffic, except under the conditions below:
When sections of Beach Drive NW, Sherrill Drive NW, Ross Drive NW, Morrow Drive NW or Bingham Drive NW and portions of Ridge Road NW are closed to motor vehicles, the non-motorized winter activities listed above are allowed in these closed sections.
36 CFR §2.20 – SKATING, SKATEBOARDS and SIMILAR DEVICES
Using roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices is prohibited, except in the following designated areas:
Paved multi-use trails.
Roads closed to motor vehicle traffic.
36 CFR §2.21 – SMOKING
(a) The following portions of the park are closed to smoking as noted:
All buildings, structures, or facilities, including picnic pavilions and comfort stations are closed to smoking.
Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of any building entrance.
Smokers in outside areas must dispose of fully extinguished smoking materials in proper trash containers.
The Superintendent may ban smoking in park areas during periods of high fire danger.
Smoking is prohibited within 500 feet of fuel storage.
36 CFR §2.22 – PROPERTY
(a)(2) Leaving property unattended for longer than 24 hours is prohibited, except in the following locations or under the following conditions:
The property is part of an activity under a Special Park Use permit that specifically indicates the property may be left unattended.
Geocaching, which involves leaving articles at a geocaching site, is prohibited.
36 CFR §2.23 – RECREATION FEES
(b) Recreation fees, and/or a permit, in accordance with 36 CFR part 71, are established for the following entrance fee areas, and/or for the use of the following specialized sites, facilities, equipment or services, or for participation in the following group activity, recreation events or specialized recreation uses:
Entrance Fee Areas: Not applicable for Rock Creek Park.
Daily Site Use Fee Areas: Parking at Thompson Boat Center, fee charged through on-site collection system
Special Recreation Permit Fee (Such as but not limited to, group activities, recreation events, and the use of motorized recreation vehicles): Rock Creek Park Group Picnic Areas 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13 and 24 require a reservation permit from April through November.
36 CFR §2.35 –ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
(a)(3)(i) The following public use areas, portions of public use areas, and/or public facilities within the park are closed to consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:
The use, sale, or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all areas of the park except in designated areas of approved concessions contracted by the government and assigned by the Superintendent or within limited and clearly designated areas if authorized in writing by the Superintendent.
The designated areas of approved concessions contracted by the government and assigned by the Superintendent are as follows:
Carter Barron Amphitheater
Rock Creek Park Golf Course Clubhouse
Rock Creek Tennis Stadium
36 CFR §2.38 – EXPLOSIVES
(a) Using, possessing, storing, or transporting explosives, blasting agents or explosive materials is prohibited, except when authorized in writing by the Superintendent.
36 CFR §2.61 – RESIDING ON FEDERAL LANDS
(a) Residing in park areas, other than on privately owned lands, is prohibited except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit lease or contract.
"Liveaboards" on vessels moored at NPS marinas are prohibited. The NPS will consider a "liveaboard" as a person who stays overnight on board a vessel moored at the marina for four (4) or more nights in any seven (7) day period and more than three (3) occasions in any twelve (12) month calendar period.
36 CFR §2.62 – MEMORIALIZATION
(a) The installation of a monument, memorial, tablet, structure, or other commemorative installation in a park area without the authorization of the Director is prohibited. Additionally, erection of monuments in the District of Columbia requires an Act of Congress. (b) The scattering of human ashes from cremation is prohibited.
36 CFR §3.6 – BOATING OPERATIONS
(a)(2) Launching or operating a vessel is prohibited unless water levels are at least two feet deep. Boaters must adhere to the following requirements:
Only canoes, kayaks, or other similar human-powered boats are allowed.
Vessels must be less than 20 feet in length, with no motors allowed, and the vessels must be launched only by hand.
Boats are not allowed to go over Peirce Mill Dam under any conditions.
36 CFR §3.7 – PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE (PFD) REQUIREMENTS
PFDs must be worn or carried on the designated waters, at the designated times and/or during designated water-based activities outlined in §1.5 of this document.
36 CFR §3.19 – USE OF SUBMERSIBLES
The use of manned or unmanned submersibles is prohibited unless authorized in writing by the Superintendent.
36 CFR §3.20 – WATER SKIING
(a) The towing of persons by vessels is prohibited in Rock Creek.
36 CFR §3.21 - SWIMMING AND BATHING
All Rock Creek Park bodies of water, fountains, and memorial pools areas are closed to swimming, bathing, and wading by people and pets.
36 CFR §4.10 – TRAVEL ON PARK ROADS AND ROUTES (a) Park roads, open for travel by motor vehicle are indicated in theRock Creek Park brochure and online at https://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/maps.htm.
Park roads may be closed during snow events. These roadways include all major commuter corridors routes and adjacent roads that need to be cleared for emergency vehicles without interference. The presence of recreational users for winter activities in closed areas present hazardous situations for both visitors and operators clearing roadways. All vehicles on these roads during a declared snow emergency are subject to immediate towing without notification.
Parking is permitted only in designated paved areas.
Parking fees are in effect at the Thompson Boat Center parking lot.
(b) Off-road vehicle travel is not allowed.
(c)(1) Operating a motor vehicle not equipped with pneumatic tires is prohibited except in accordance with the provisions of a permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States.
36 CFR §4.11 – VEHICLE LOAD, WEIGHT AND SIZE LIMITS
(a) The following load, weight and size limits, which are more restrictive than State law, apply to the roads indicated under the terms and conditions, and/or under permit as noted:
Access to park roads is limited to non-commercial vehicles only that do not exceed load, weight and size restrictions, unless authorized in writing by the Superintendent.
36 CFR §4.21 – SPEED LIMITS
(b) The following speed limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:
Pursuant to 36 CFR 4.21, the maximum speed limits on all park roads are as posted.
Speed limit is 25 mph on all park roads unless otherwise posted.
36 CFR §4.30 – BICYCLES
(a) The use of a bicycle is prohibited except on park roads, in parking areas, and on routes designated for bicycle use. Park roads and parking areas that are closed to bicycle use are listed in §1.5 of this document.
Bicycle users must walk their bicycles through the tunnel on Beach Drive NW north of Shoreham Drive NW. Bicycles are prohibited at Battleground National Cemetery.
Commercial or guided bicycle groups are not permitted in any 36 CFR 7.96 restricted area.
All unpaved trails, and off-trail or off-road areas are closed to bicycle use.
Bicycles must be operated at speeds reasonable for existing conditions. Speed should not exceed 15-mph on paved multi-use recreation trails or 25-mph on most paved roadways with the exception of Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, where speed should not exceed 35 mph.
Bicyclists must adhere to protective equipment requirements and regulations set by the District of Columbia.
(d)(3) Riding a bicycle abreast of another rider is allowed on the following routes: Only on the sections of Beach Drive NW, Bingham Drive NW, and Sherrill Drive, NW that are closed to motor vehicle traffic.
36 CFR §5.1 – ADVERTISEMENTS
Commercial notices or advertisements shall not be displayed, posted, or distributed on federally owned or controlled lands within a park area unless prior written permission has been given by the Superintendent.
36 CFR §5.3 – BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Engaging in or soliciting any business in park areas, except in accordance with the provisions of a permit, commercial use authorization, contract, or other written agreement with the United States, except as such may be specifically authorized under special regulations applicable to a park area, is prohibited.
36 CFR §5.4 – COMMERCIAL PASSENGER-CARRYING MOTOR VEHICLES
(a) The commercial transportation of passengers by motor vehicle except as authorized under a contract or permit from the Secretary or his authorized representative is prohibited in certain parks. See §5.4(a) for more information.
36 CFR §5.6 – COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
(b) & (c) Using commercial vehicles on government roads within park areas when such use is in no way connected with the operation of the park is generally prohibited, and requires authorization in writing from the Superintendent.
Taxis and vans are allowed on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway and other roads that are managed by Rock Creek Park.
36 CFR §5.7 – CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS OR OTHER FACILITIES
Such activities are prohibited, except as authorized under a valid permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States.
36 CFR §7.96 – SPECIAL EVENTS
Sports events, pageants, regattas, public spectator attractions, entertainments, ceremonies, and similar events are allowed, provided there is a meaningful association between the park area and the events, and the observance contributes to visitor understanding of the significance of the park area, and a permit therefor has been issued by the Superintendent.
36 CFR §7.96 -- DEMONSTRATIONS
Demonstrations of more than 25 people are allowed within park areas designated as available under paragraph (c)(2) when the Superintendent has issued a permit for the activity.
36 CFR §7.96 – COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY/FILMING
(a) Before any motion picture may be filmed or any television production or sound track may be made by any person other than bona fide newsreel or news television personnel, written permission must first be obtained from the Superintendent. (b) Taking photographs of any vehicle or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising without a written permit from the Superintendent is prohibited.
The solicitation or demand for gifts, money, goods or services requires a permit under §7.96(h) and Iskon v. Kennedy, 61F.3d949 (D.C. Cir. 1995), and is subject to the terms and conditions specified therein.
NOTE: This section generally prohibits soliciting or demanding gifts, money goods or services except in accordance with a permit. The term "soliciting" includes asking, begging and non-verbal gestures, such as a hand out or palm up. [48 FR 30271, June 30, 1983]
36 CFR §7.96(k)-- SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATTER
(b) The sale or distribution of printed matter by more than 25 persons is allowed within park areas designated as available under §7.96 (see above) when the Superintendent has issued a permit.
36 CFR 12 – NATIONAL CEMETERIES
In the interest of preservation of the reverential and contemplative atmosphere of Battleground National Cemetery, at which 41 Union veterans of the Civil War Battle of Fort Stevens are interred:
§12.4 Conducting a special event or demonstration, whether spontaneous or organized, is prohibited except for official commemorative events.
§12.11 Engaging in a recreational activity is prohibited.