Planning a trip to Rock Creek Park offers an opportunity to discover many historical, natural, and recreational riches. Your safety depends on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention. Please review the following safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip
Use caution while hiking. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots and watch where you are going to avoid slips and falls. Carry water while hiking in all seasons. Dress for the weather. Wear layers in cold weather and loose fitting clothes in hot weather. Be aware that the first signs of heat stoke are to feel chilled or nauseated.
Poison ivy is a common plant in the park and many people suffer an itchy rash after contact. It has three shiny leaves and can also be a thick hairy vine.
Ticks are also found in the park. The small deer tick can carry Lyme Disease, and the dog tick can carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Long sleeve shirts, long pants, socks, and a hat offer good protection. Check your entire body after a visit to make sure you didn't take home any unwanted travelers!
Wild animals can also be infected with the rabies virus and can infect you or your pet if bitten or scratched. Remember that your pet should always be on leash. If you encounter an animal that is acting strangely report it immediately.
Last updated: April 10, 2015