Rock Creek Park
Hillwood Museum & Gardens
Hillwood, the former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post (of Post cereal fame) and her third husband, the ambassador to the USSR,...
Alongside the creek, the 1820 Peirce Mill is a beautiful fieldstone building that was once a water-driven gristmill. It is slowly being...
Rock Creek Horse Center
Thirteen miles of wide dirt trails crisscross the northern part of Rock Creek Park, with an Equitation Field nearby. The Rock Creek...
Carter Barron Amphitheater
In a lovely wooded setting inside Rock Creek Park, the 4000-seat outdoor amphitheater stages a mix of theater, dance and music (jazz,...
Set a night aside with a loved one or a good friend and get ready for a culinary ride past the limits of taste into innovative...
Rock Creek Park information
At 1700 acres, Rock Creek is twice the size of New York’s Central Park and feels a hell of a lot more wild. You can be out here and feel utterly removed from the city. Even coyotes have settled into the wilderness (they’re not dangerous, by the way). Rock Creek Park begins at the Potomac’s east bank near Georgetown and extends to and beyond the northern city boundaries. Narrow in its southern stretches, where it hews to the winding course of the waterway it’s named for, it broadens into wide, peaceful parklands in Upper Northwest DC. Terrific trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding extend the entire length, and the boundaries enclose Civil War forts, dense forest and wildflower-strewn fields.
There are visitor centers at the Nature Center & Planetarium and Peirce Mill where you can pick up maps and sign up for ranger-led programs. Cell phone ‘tours’ are stationed around the park; when you see a dial-and-discover sign, just enter the listed number. Southwest of the Nature Center, the Soapstone Valley Park extension, off Connecticut Ave at Albemarle St NW, preserves quarries where the area’s original Algonquin residents dug soapstone for shaping their cookware.
In summer, check what’s on at the Carter Barron Amphitheater.