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.
Help us keep wildlife wild. Enjoy and observe wild animals from a distance. Never approach or feed wildlife. Close encounters with wildlife should be avoided.
Do not rely on cellular phones as coverage varies with in the park.
If you have any questions or concerns, please just ask a park ranger or call the Nature Center at 202-895-6070.
In case of emergency, contact United States Park Police at 202-610-7500.