Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Park
4.5
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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Not just a park in the city, but a kind of leisurely museum, with a scattering of Civil War forts, a cemetery and a 19th-century mill within its bounds.
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Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • Cleveland Park • 10 min walk
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Stephen B
Philadelphia, PA33 contributions
Apr 2023
We had a very pleasant walk four miles upstream from our hotel to another destination. We had been there a year before, but this was a more ambitious walk.

The path is well maintained and attractive. It is a great place to spend some time, whether you are using it to go somewhere or just to unwind.
Written 4 May 2023
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Wendy S
Austin, TX742 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
The park is lush and green! My sister's dog disturbed a wasp nest, so we were stung multiple times. The Ranger station had water bottles, patches, books, and prints for sale.
Written 23 July 2022
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travelkitty50
Frederick, MD957 contributions
Jul 2022
We passed through a section of this on the way to the Zoo yesterday (separate review) and it is lovely, shady, quiet, lots of old stone structures, old expensive homes, etc.
Written 5 July 2022
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Jun 2022 • Family
PROS
• Big massive and green
• Lush and verdant
• Walking hiking biking

CONS
• Major thoroughfare Md and DC

“I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… for regular travel from Maryland to DC- total pleasure. Many cars on the roads of the park. I knew that there are also hiking trails and we tried one, but it was not risky shaded so Mr. Prince did not want to do it.
Written 2 July 2022
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lalocadr19
Falls Church, VA6,577 contributions
Nov 2021
Went here during the fall, the changing leaves color of this park is beautiful. No fee to enter, the park has walking, running, bike area and plenty of area to relaxing and enjoy the area.
Written 5 January 2022
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Teardrop Trailer Traveler
United States754 contributions
Jun 2021
Full disclosure - I probably should have programed by GPS better. I intended to go to the southern end of the park, near the bridge and the nature center. However, my GPS took me to the northern end of the park. (Of course, I won't hold that against Rock Creek Park.) As it was later in the evening and the road through the park was closed to vehicles, I decided I didn't have enough time to figure out how to get to where I wanted to go and opted to talk a walk. I walked part of the Valley Trail along Rock Creek, then took Beach Road back.

I couldn't believe I was in Washington, DC! I've been to Washington many times. It's one of my favorite places to visit. It's also filled with people, traffic, and buildings. Rock Creek Park was forested, quiet and calm. It felt more like my native New England than Washington. Instead of marble architecture, I was surrounded by trees. Instead of traffic and people, the air was silent. It was unreal, but in a good way.

Overall, it was a very nice evening walk. I'd still like to get to the south end of the park to see more, but I'd recommend the north end to anyone looking to talk a nice walk in the woods.
Written 4 July 2021
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Trident11
Bethesda, MD38 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a cycling review (Beach Drive from Garrett Park, MD to Georgetown, 16 miles) in two necessary parts.

Part One (Beach Drive from Garrett Park, MD to Pierce Mill at Broad Branch Rd. NW): Five stars, hands down. This is, arguably, the best cycling route in the DMV (stay off the trail unless you have small children or safety anxieties). Stretches of Beach Drive along this route have been closed to vehicular traffic since the pandemic; from Friday to Sunday, most of the rest is closed to cars, eliminating safety concerns. A cathedral of trees along side a cooling creek, you can feel the temperature drop 10 degrees in the otherwise oppressive summer heat. Largely repaved, Beach is now a wide, smooth, one-and-a half hours of effortless cycling in either direction. You barely notice you are in the big city. In the summer, stop off at Norman's Farm Market (at East-West Highway) for a big, fat, juicy peach. One of the cycling glories of the DMV.

Part Two (Pierce Mill south to Georgetown, 4 miles): The fun ends here, two stars. You are now in survival-of-the-cautious territory. At Pierce Mill, cyclists are strongly advised to exit Beach Drive (now a busy four-lane road with no shoulder and a high, unforgiving stone curb) and proceed along the trail. However, you are trading constant 40 mph traffic for an obstacle course teeming with both hikers and cyclists. The first, surprisingly, is the neat-and-tidy plastic trail laid down as a detour around all the construction at Pierce Mill. It is deceptively slick so slow down. Many blind turns follow so announce yourself. At a bridge and a long tunnel, the trail is so narrow that cyclists must dismount, there is barely room to get around anything coming in the opposite direction. You then confront a series of "bunkers" where flood waters have covered the trail with sand. You think the sand is compact and you can ride over it, and it is. Until it isn't. Just get off and walk, especially when cyclists who know their way around are flying at you in the opposite direction. More construction and unfamiliar detours await those trying to exit the trail for Georgetown onto P and M streets. All in all, exercise extreme caution (along with large tires). Avoid cycling this part of the trail entirely if you are from out-of-town. You didn't come all this way just to fall off your bike.
Written 17 June 2021
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James G
Fairfax County, VA187 contributions
Jun 2020
I have been to this park many times over the year and I think it is a great feature to have in a city. It is a very long park but it great way to beat the heat in the summer and take a drive or a walk.
Written 19 May 2021
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Patrick & Danielle
Odum, GA167 contributions
Nov 2019
Pretty park... We went specifically to find the Old Capitol Stones. Short hike in... One of my favorite things we did in the week we were in Washington.
Written 28 January 2020
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Bremner Andrew
167 contributions
Sept 2019 • Solo
🇺🇸🇺🇸🎤🎤 Oh say can you see 🎼🎼 🇺🇸🇺🇸
Awesome 23 km hike here in Washington DC today. One of the most tranquil hikes I’ve done. ⭐️⭐️⭐️Just beautiful forests and rivers all along the way. Bridges dating back 150 years ago. Woman , families with children hike here and you feel safe💥💥💥. Took over 6 hours to do this hike and loved it. Awesome to see a Mill en en route.
Spectacular hike being over 90 percent of the time in lush forest
I did a 16 hour Trans Atlantic flight to do come so this hike and I feel refreshed 🇺🇸🇺🇸
Written 1 September 2019
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