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Closure Notice: Beginning March 31, 2021, DDOT and the NPS will be working on a construction project that will impact much of the southern segment of the trail (between M Street and Broad Branch Road NW) until its estimated completion in Spring 2023. The project will widen the existing trail and add in a new trail bridge, as well as adding 0.9 mile of new trail along Piney Branch Parkway. During this time, sections of the trail may be subject to closures and/or detours. Please check the official project site for the latest information.
Located in the northwest section of Washington, D.C., Rock Creek Park is the oldest and largest urban park in the national park system. Established in 1890, Rock Creek Park offers more than 1,700 acres of natural area for a variety of uses. Trails are numerous, comprising a mix of dirt-surfaced paths for hikers, runners and equestrians, and paved paths for cyclists and other users.
The paved trail runs parallel to Beach Drive and Oregon Avenue, although many other routes are available. The trail systems runs from the Maryland border at Beach Drive to just south of the Roosevelt Bridge (I-66) underpass. At the Maryland border, you can continue north on the paved Rock Creek Trail.
Hikers and runners should use caution on the unpaved off-road trails. Equestrians, note that only some of the off-road trails are marked for horse use.
Cyclists should be aware that there is no off-road bike path option on the northern section of Beach Drive. While this section of road is marked as an on-road bicycle route, bicycling here is not recommended on weekdays. On weekends and holidays, though, Beach Drive is partially closed to through traffic, creating an on-road route that bicyclists, in-line skaters, walkers and runners can enjoy.
Parking is available at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium (5200 Glover Road NW) and the park's Pierce Mill historical site (2401 Tilden St. NW). For additional options including arrival by bus or transit, visit the National Park Service website.
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