Rock Creek Park, Washington DC

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Rock Creek Park is a large urban park that bisects the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. The park was created by an Act of Congress in 1890 and today is administered by the National Park Service. In addition to the park proper, the Rock Creek administrative unit of the National Park Service administers various other federally owned properties in the District of Columbia located to the north and west of the National Mall, including Meridian Hill Park on 16th Street, N.W., the Old Stone House in Georgetown, and certain of the Fort Circle Parks, a series of batteries and forts encircling the District of Columbia for its defense during the U.S. Civil War.
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  • 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. 
    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.  more »
  • 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. 
    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.  more »
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  • Decided to check this park out and we were not disappointed. How is this vast green space right in our back yard? The website said 30+ miles of trials. We walked one of the roads closed off to vehicle traffic for a bit and took some of the trails as well. There were a lot of people walking, riding bikes and enjoying the outdoors, yet it didn’t seem crowded. Recommend planning your route in advance or having a trail app to help you out. Plenty of spaces to bring a picnic lunch or camp out along the water. Parking was a challenge. The parking lots fill up early. We ended up parking on the street near one of the embassies. If you look on the map, you will be able to see various parking options. Street parking worked for us so keep that option in mind too. If you haven’t been, what are you waiting for?
  • Absolutely gem of a place! The trails are well defined and the weather is chilly as compared to city. Recommend this place for morning runs or walks and dog-walks or just getting away from city hustle. Extremely quiet and satisfying. Also has a small water body flowing by - nothing too great but good enough during most times of year

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