Rock Creek Park
ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS AT ROCK CREEK PARKBackpack the same trails that once captivated our ever-adventurous 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt, ride horseback down the awe-inspiring paths Ronald Regan traversed in the 80s, or play the same 18 holes where Dwight Eisenhower enjoyed placing his tee. With a knowledgeable ranger by your side, you can learn all about Rock Creek Park's rich history and lush, natural surroundings, identify each constellation in the planetarium, or visit one of Washington, D.C.'s oldest house's, the Old Stone House in Georgetown, which was built in 1765!
PRICES -Rock Creek Park entrance and programs are free.
HOURS -Open during daylight hours. Click here for more specific hours of operation.
- Annual DC Blues Festival
- Annual DC Poetry Festival
- Movie Nights
- Cell Phone Tours
- Planetarium Programs
- Ranger-Led Programs
- Thompson Boat Center
- Horse Trails
Before You Go
WHERE SHOULD I GO FIRST WHEN I ARRIVE?
Stop in at the Nature Center when you arrive. Here, you’ll secure all the maps and brochures you’ll need. In addition, the Nature Center houses a bookstore, a planetarium, and several informative displays highlighting local animal and plant life. Most of the ranger-led programs begin or occur at the Nature Center as well.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE HIKING TRAILS I SHOULD CONSIDER?
You’ll find an abundance of hiking trails at Rock Creek Park, 32 miles of trail to be exact! The two main trails are the Western Ridge Trail along the western side of the park and the Valley Trail, which runs parallel to Rock Creek and Beach Drive. The remaining trails are connector trails that link these two main trails. If you like loops, you’re in luck—Rock Creek has plenty of them.
Why Stay at The Normandy Hotel?
- About 3.5 miles from The Normandy
- Daily complimentary breakfast
- Partnership with MINT Fitness
- 75 boutique rooms near Rock Creek Park