Rock Creek Park Wednesday — Featuring the Beautiful and Uniquely Different Central and Southern Regions! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4-6 Mile After Work Hike!
We Will Hike Slightly Different Routes Each Week to Explore Rock Creek Park’s Diverse Southern and Central Sections
Come out and receive an after work restorative dose of outdoor activity, plus a sampling of the parks natural charms!
Rock Creek Park forms a big wedge that follows its namesake creek from Washington’s northern apex down to the creek’s mouth on the Potomac River.
Washington, DC, has long been called the City of Trees. Despite a net tree-cover loss of roughly 60 percent since 1980, the name still aptly applies, and the parks remain mostly wooded. This park, especially its southern section, celebrates the District’s arboreal heritage.
The park’s central section features a rocky and superbly scenic creek valley while the southern region is more arboreal in nature. Most of the trees are deciduous, such as oaks, hickories, maples, dogwoods, and sycamores. Hikers will also find more exotic varieties along the way, with wildflowers and birds adding further color and interest to the trailside parklands.
Administratively, the parklands are all part of the National Park Service’s Rock Creek Park. However, the area is divided into four distinct and separate units and regions; Melvin Hazen, Glover-Archbold, Whitehaven, and Dumbarton Oaks Parks.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Washington, DC
Scenery: Gently rolling woodlands, rocky creek, and seasonally, magnificent fall foliage.
Length: 4-6 total miles
Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in the wintertime
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate and ideal for those wanting to transition from Easy-to-Moderate level hiking.
Trail Surface: Mostly dirt or stony dirt; some pavement, grass; rocky, rooty in places.
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
Gear Note and Suggestions
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We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/zmw:20001.1.99999) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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Directions to the Trailhead
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 5:45-5:55 p.m.
The Hike is at 6:00 p.m.
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A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let’s have fun out on the trails!
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