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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, visit the National Park Service website.
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