Rock Creek Park

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description
Anyone looking for information about pup-friendly Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC will often hear the term "urban oasis,"  which accurately describes this wild park in the city. Stretching from northwest DC to the Maryland border, where it becomes Rock Creek Regional Park, this swath of wooded land features a road, 32 miles of hiking trails, a creek and abundant wildlife. Walking or riding across its southern boundary transports you and your fur-baby into a world of solitude, while providing a pupular place for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. You'll find walkers, runners, scramblers/rock climbers, bicyclists and roller blade lovers. And dog-lovers of all kinds of course!

The park's almost 2,000 acres dissects DC Northwest with its majestic trees, and you and Fido are certain to be treated to some pawsome wildlife sightings. Many species live here, including deer, coyotes, lizards and turtles, snakes and more. A hike through the park is a veritable smorgasbord of smells and sounds for your fur-pup to enjoy. Be sure to keep the pooch firmly leashed and on the trail to avoid mishaps.

The trails at Rock Creek intersect and one could plot a route that connects them all, as they are laid out like a ladder with 2 main trails as runners and shorter trails providing the rungs. Endless combinations for long or short hikes or runs are possible here, and you're never very far away from restrooms, water and re-entry into the city. An occasional view of the monuments and granite buildings of DC appear as you reach a high point in the trail, along with views of the Potomac. A great place to start is at the Nature Center where guides and maps are available. A water-filling station that provides water bottles is another advantage of starting at the Nature Center. Several group picnic areas dot the park, pawrfect for a snack or lunch while you and your furry bestie take a break.

Every experience in Rock Creek Park will be different from the previous one, with the changing of the seasons and many options for exploration. Open year-round, it's a must-do for dog-loving Washingtonians and visitors alike!

Address
5200 Glover Road NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Address
5200 Glover Road NW
Washington, DC 20008
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset