D.C. March 09, 2017
Here’s Washington DC’s Top Outdoor Attraction…And You’ll Definitely Want To Do It
Located right in the middle of DC, Rock Creek Park is the oasis every DC resident needs to visit. Rock Creek Park has peace and quiet, fantastic hiking trails, plenty of history, fun programs, wild animals and much, much more! Read on to find out why we think it’s DC’s top outdoor attraction.
Washington DC is a 1,754 acre park right in the middle of the city. It became one of the first federally managed park in 1890 and has been a DC gem ever since.
Rock Creek Park is perfect for hiking, biking, jogging or for taking a leisurely stroll in nature.
There are over 32 miles of trails in Rock Creek Park. Many of these trails connect to one another so you can go in a loop or enjoy different experience each time by mixing and matching your trails.
In addition to the woodsy hiking areas, there are paved trails and roads running through Rock Creek Park that are open to bicyclists. Many joggers also enjoy running on these paved roads well.
If you have an interest in flora, fauna and animals, you’ll find plenty in Rock Creek.
You can also learn about the different nature at the Nature Center. The Nature Center is free to visitors and has exhibits on area plants and animals, as well as, hiking information and maps of the park.
The Nature Center is also home to the only planetarium in the National Park Service. You can find free tickets to every planetarium show at the Nature Center.
Rock Creek also offers many ranger-led tours and hikes. These educational and cultural tours are the perfect way to learn about the history of the park.
History lovers will also enjoy the many historic sites located in and near Rock Creek Park. You can take a tour of Pierce Mill, which operated in the late 1800s, as well as many other historic buildings and forts.
Also hidden in Rock Creek is the Rock Creek Horse Center. You can take a horse or pony ride or you can take horse riding lessons here.
Rock Creek Park is ideal to visit any time of year. There’s always something to do, see and experience there!
You can find out more about Rock Creek Park including directions and parking information
on their website.
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