Washington’s great escape

May 24, 2013

Maybe you drive through Rock Creek Park on your daily commute. Or you simply know it's near the Zoo. Maybe you heard that you can hike there. It can be a challenge to figure out just what to do in the 2,000 acre park, between the tennis, horseback riding and programs at the Nature Center. We’re here to demystify the oasis in the middle of our city. (Start by orienting yourself with Our map of Rock Creek Park.)


Is there a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than reading on the rocky bank of Rock Creek? (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Bike it, hike it or grab a spot
Rock Creek Park rangers and regulars suggest the best ways to navigate the park's hiking trails, the best times to cycle through and how to snag the perfect picnic site.


Fun runs are offered every other Sunday in Rock Creek Park. All ages and abilities are welcome, and no reservations are needed. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Looking for something to do?
Summer in Rock Creek Park means Sunday afternoon fun runs, monthly pick-up soccer games and hikes that explore the park's geography.


Rock Creek Park offers horseback riding lessons and Ranger-led trail rides. (Photos by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Washington's Country Club
Go horseback riding, reserve a tennis court or meet friends for a quick 18 holes on Saturday morning: How to turn Rock Creek Park is your neighborhood country club.

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