An Oasis in the City

Rock Creek Park is truly a gem in our nation's capital. This 1,754 acre city park was officially authorized in 1890, making it the third national park to be designated by the federal government. It offers visitors the opportunity to escape the bustle of the city and find a peaceful refuge, recreation, fresh air, majestic trees, wild animals, and thousands of years of human history.

A child sitting with a crowd of people stares up at at the planetarium ceiling during a program.

The Sky Above Us

The Rock Creek Park Planetarium uses high-tech Spitz software to project the image of the night sky onto a large, dome-shaped ceiling.

Two middle-school students plant native grasses in Military Field during National Public Lands Day.

Volunteer With Us!

We depend on volunteers like you! Click here to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities with us and our partners!

An up close image of the Rock Creek Park map.


Now that you know the basics, learn how to get to where you want to go!

Ranger Steve walks through the forest in winter, orange leaf litter still covers the ground.

Go For a Hike

We have over 32 miles of hiking trails and paths for you to explore! Follow one of our suggested hikes or create your own!

Ranger Steve

Join a Ranger-Led Program!

Come along on one of our many Ranger led programs. Seasonal planetarium shows and hikes means that there is always something new!

Beach Drive under construction. A large excavator digs into the ground.

Beach Drive Rehabilitation

Beach Drive is being rehabilitated. Plan ahead.

Peirce Mill from behind, the water wheel trough leads up to the building.

Our Popular Places

Civil War fortifications, working mills, colonial houses, and thousands of years of DC history. You can explore it all in Rock Creek Park.

An image of Ranger Maggie being nuzzled by a large horse at the Horse Center.

Things To Do

Learn more about horseback riding, concerts, picnicking, golfing, tennis, hiking, biking, and boating. There's so much to do!

Last updated: November 27, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015


(202) 895-6000
Rock Creek Park administrative offices can be reached at 202-895-6000. For general information call 202-895-6070 Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dial 0.

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