Laws & Policies
As of February 22, 2010, a new 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. As a starting point, please visit the District of Columbia’s website.
See Division I, Title 7, Subtitle J, Chapter 25
See also Division IV, Title 22, Subtitle VI, Chapter 45
Federal law continues to prohibit firearms in federal facilities in this park. Those federal facilities are marked with signs at public entrances. Thus firearms are prohibited at Carter Barron Amphitheater and Box Office, Center for Urban Ecology, Georgetown Waterfront Office, Klingle Mansion and Outer Buildings 1&2, Meridian Hill Lodge House, Nebraska House Park Housing 1&2, Old Stone House, Peirce Mill Barn, Rock Creek Maintenance Facility, Rock Creek Nature Center.
Did You Know?
Three kinds of wild canids (dogs) live in Rock Creek Park, the coyote, the red fox and secretive gray fox.