Rock Creek Park

Explore the rugged heart of Washington, D.C. in Rock Creek Park

Join a rugged, off-road hike in the heart of the city that explores “wild” Washington.

It begins at the bustling commercial heart of D.C.’s Cleveland Park neighborhood, then quickly descends a small stream valley into the heart of Rock Creek Park itself. That’s when both the natural and historic features of this magnificent natural landscape will become evident, including infrastructure that predates the establishment of Rock Creek Park. 

Questions we'll answer on this guided hiking tour

  • Why does Rock Creek Park exist?
  • Did someone more or less create it à la Central Park in New York City?
  • What different areas comprise the park?  

Discover answers to these questions (and more) during this invigorating 3.5-mile excursion. 

Wear hiking shoes and be prepared to walk uphill and down, climb some stairs, and possibly cross a stream by stepping on rocks.  The hike route will often be uneven and/or bumpy.

Rock Creek Park facts

Rock Creek is America’s oldest natural urban national park and its third-oldest national park. This 2014 Washington Post feature paid tribute to the park's centennial.

Reviewers recommend our guided D.C. tours

"Enjoyed an excellent hike through Rick Creek park — as ever good company with fellow walkers and well-curated commentary that adds significantly to the enjoyment. Highly recommended." TripAdvisor reviewer


More Washington, D.C. walking tours you might like: The Washington Wilderness Hike and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Guides that may lead this tour: 
Portrait of Brian

BRIAN is a 35-year resident of the Washington area and has been guiding for over 20 years. Brian's job is researching Washington's buildings and creating historical resources.

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Available for private tour bookings. Please email for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants on public tours.

Please email us for a private tour quote.

Walk departs from the Cleveland Park Metro station’s Connecticut Avenue exit on the same side of the street as Target.
Questions? Answers here.

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