A one story building nestled among green leafy trees
The Rock Creek Park Nature Center is a great place to start your visit in the park!

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Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium
5200 Glover Road, NW, Washington, D.C.
Near the intersection of Military Road and Glover Road

Directions to the Nature Center and Planetarium:

Via Route 66:

  • Take Route 66 across the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. |
  • Get in the right lane on the bridge, and take the ramp for Independence Avenue. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp (heading towards the Kennedy Center along the river)
  • After passing the Kennedy Center (under its terrace) and Watergate, continue straight onto Rock Creek Parkway.
  • When the parkway ends (near Connecticut and Calvert), continue north on Beach Drive.
  • After proceeding straight through the stoplight at the intersection of Tilden Street NW and Beach Drive, turn left onto Broad Branch Rd. NW.
  • Make the very next right turn onto Ridge Road.
  • Veer left when Ridge splits at the intersection of Ross Drive.
  • Veer Right and follow signs for the Rock Creek Maintenance Yard, Horse Center and Nature Center.
  • Turn right into the Rock Creek Park Horse Center and Rock Creek Nature Center parking areas. The Nature Center parking area is to the left and the Nature Center will be at the far end of the parking area.

Via Chain Bridge (VA):

  • At the end of the bridge, turn right onto Canal Road.
  • Make the first left (at the light) onto Arizona Avenue.
  • Proceed on Arizona until you come to a "T" intersection; make a right turn onto Nebraska Ave. (The signs there may say "Loughboro Rd.," but it runs into Nebraska.)
  • Proceed on Nebraska Ave past American University, around Ward Circle, and across Wisconsin and Connecticut avenues. Get into the right lane and turn right onto Military Road; less than half mile after you cross Connecticut.
  • After a little less than a mile, you will see a big brown sign that says "ROCK CREEK PARK-NATURE CENTER..."etc. Take the next right (at the traffic light), as the sign instructs, and follow subsequent signs to the Nature Center.

From Dupont Circle:

  • Proceed northeast on New Hampshire Avenue for approximately 1/2 mile.
  • Head north on 16th Street towards Maryland. Take the right hand exit onto Military Road west (cloverleaf ramp).
  • Cross Military Bridge. Get in the left-hand lane. Make a left at the first light for Glover and Oregon roads. You are now on Glover Road. Follow the signs to the Nature Center.

  • The Friendship Heights or Fort Totten Metro Stations are the closest to the Nature Center.
  • Take the E-4 bus from either Metro Stop.
  • If taking the bus from the Friendship Heights Metro Station, you will get off of the bus at the Military + Glover stop.
  • If taking the bus from the Fort Totten Metro Station, you will get off of the bus at the Military + Oregon stop.
  • The Nature Center is up the small paved trail. You will have to cross Military Road from the Military + Oregon stop.
Other Major Points of Interest in Rock Creek Park

Peirce Mill and Barn
2401 Tilden Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Near the intersection of Tilden Street and Beach Drive

Old Stone House
3051 M Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Located along M Street in the heart of Georgetown

Carter Barron Amphitheatre
4850 Colorado Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Near the intersection 16th Street and Colorado Avenue.

Meridian Hill Park
15th Street, NW, and W Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Last updated: February 12, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015


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

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