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COVID-19

The National Park Service (NPS) is following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, as we begin to increase recreational access and services. The NPS is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.


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Mask notice requiring everyone, regardless of vaccination status to wear a mask indoors.

Mask Mandate

Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to Rock Creek Park, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings. This includes Peirce Mill and Barn, Old Stone House in Georgetown, and the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium.
 
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Open Areas

  • NOTE: Rock Creek Park manages 99 different pieces of land, so it isn't possible to list all open areas separately. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest federal, state, and local health guidance, outdoor spaces, including trails, will remain accessible to the public.
  • Park Bathrooms in the following locations -
    • Montrose Park
    • Meridian Hill Park (16th Street NW & Euclid Street NW) - bathrooms close at 8:00 p.m. daily
    • Picnic Grove 24 (across the street by playground next to the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center at 1610 Kennedy Street, NW, Washington, DC)
    • Picnic Groves 6 (can drive or hike to it within 1/2 - 3/4 of a mile from the Nature Center - Military Road / Joyce Road & Beach Drive)
    • Peirce Barn (next to Peirce Mill, 2401 Tilden Street NW, Washington, DC)
  • Exercise facilities, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW
  • Exercise facilities, Shoreham Drive and Cathedral Avenue NW
  • All playgrounds (Montrose Park, Woodley Park, Grant Circle NW, Picnic Grove 24, Fort Bayard)
  • Tennis Courts located at the following locations: Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, Montrose Park, Francis Field (23rd Street NW & N Street NW)
  • Basketball courts, 23rd and N Street NW
  • Old Stone House, 3051 M Street NW--Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11:00 a.m- 7:00 p.m.
  • Peirce Mill and Barn- 2401 Tilden Street NW
 
 

Restrictions in the Park

The following facilities in the park are open but have restrictions.

  • Picnic Areas - Picnic Grove #1, Picnic Grove #6, Picnic Grove #7, Picnic Grove #8, Picnic Grove #9, Picnic Grove #10, Picnic Grove #13 and Picnic Grove #24 are limited to a maximum capacity of 75 people. All other picnic groves in Rock Creek Park and in the Civil War Defenses of Washington (Fort Slocum, Galloway Street NE east of South Dakota Avenue NE) are limited to a maximum of 25 people.
  • Rock Creek Park Horse Center - By reservation only (trail rides, private instruction, and small classes up to 10 people at a time with reservations). No camps available at this time. Info: https://rockcreekhorsecenter.com/
  • Thompson Boat Center - By reservation only (rentals, private slip holders, instruction up to 10 people per hour). Upstairs areas such as locker rooms and gymnasium closed at this time. Info: https://boatingindc.com/boathouses/thompson-boat-center/
  • Rock Creek Park Tennis Center - By reservation only (court rentals, private lessons). Clinics and classes by reservation only will open on June 8 for up to 6 participants. No camps available at this time. Info: https://rockcreektennis.com/
  • Rock Creek Park Golf Course - By reservation only (9-hole golf course, practice area, instruction up to 10 people). Clubhouse and camps closed at this time. Info: https://www.playdcgolf.com/Rock-Creek
  • Key Bridge Boathouse - By reservation only (rentals, private slip holders, instruction up to 10 people per hour). Info: https://boatingindc.com/boathouses/key-bridge-boathouse/
  • Special Events - Special events in Meridian Hill Park, Georgetown Waterfront Park, Fort Reno Park, and Montrose Park require park permits.

Roads Open to Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Non-motorized Recreation

The following facilities are temporarily closed to motor vehicles and open to pedestrians, bicyclists, and non-motorized recreation until December 31, 2021.

  • Beach Drive NW
    • Beach Drive NW, closed to motor vehicles from Broad Branch Road NW to Joyce Road NW, from Grove 10 to Wise Road NW, and from West Beach Drive NW to the Maryland boundary.
  • Sherrill Drive NW, closed to motor vehicles
  • Ross Drive NW, closed to motor vehicles
  • Bingham Drive NW, closed to motor vehicles

These are indicated in yellow on the park map. For more information view the Record of Determination.

 

Closed Areas & Activities

See park map and plan to #RecreateResponsibly.
  • Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW
  • Center for Urban Ecology, 4598 MacArthur Boulevard NW
  • NOTE: Organized recreational sports permits are suspended for all Rock Creek Park athletic fields.
  • To learn more about fountains in Rock Creek Park visit our Fountains page.
 

Other Updates

Ranger's Tips

  • Plan Like a Park Ranger- Check out these ten tips to help plan the best trip to Rock Creek Park
  • Bring a map - Download or take a photo of a park map. You may not have a cell signal when you get to the park.
  • Park in a designated parking area only--not on the grass and not in the street. Violators may be ticketed or towed.
    • Rock Creek Park Nature Center - 5200 Glover Road NW, Washington, DC - Parking lot is open--approximately 120 parking spots available. Nature center is closed. Excellent access to park trails.
    • Picnic Grove 13 - no address, see map - This parking lot is located on Glover Road / Ridge Road (depending upon your GPS) at the closest picnic grove with a large shelter near the Nature Center. Approximately 60 parking spots are available here.
    • Rock Creek Park Tennis Center / Picnic Grove 24 / Carter Barron Amphitheatre - 1610 Kennedy St NW, Washington, DC 20011 or the big lot immediately adjacent to 4850 Colorado Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011 - This is an extremely large parking lot with over 250 parking spaces. Walk down Morrow Road. Be careful--this is a very steep road--walk with any recreational equipment with wheels instead of riding down the hill. Exercise on this road is not recommended for visitors with heart conditions, bad knees, difficulty breathing, or other serious medical conditions affected or exacerbated by traveling on steep inclines.
    • Beach Drive NW & Military Road, NW @ Parking Lots 6-10 - Share the road with recreationists as you drive very slowly to access over 200 parking spaces.
    • Paved Pull-out Spaces - Various small paved pull-outs spots for 1-10 cars may be open for parking in various locations in Rock Creek Park. Park in designated areas only--on pavement, not on the grass. Cars parked outside of designated paved parking areas may be ticketed or towed.
    • Street Parking: Some park sites have very limited to no parking. In this case, park on city streets following all posted and citywide laws and regulations.
    • NOTE: Parking areas may close at any time without notice.
Learn how to Recreate Responsibly

Last updated: November 20, 2021

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Mailing Address:

5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington , DC 20015

Phone:

202 895-6000
Rock Creek Park's main phone line.

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