Rock Creek Park Series (Part 2 of 3) The Rocky Central Area! A Moderate 4.5 Mi

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Rock Creek Park Series: (Part 2) The Rocky Central Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 4.5 Miles

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Holiday Weekend Rock Creek Park in Autumn Hike Series! Part 2 of 3 — Featuring the Rocky Central Area! A Moderate 4.5-Mile Hike (METRO Accessible)

This hike is the second of our 3-part Rock Creek Park Hike Series which will take us pretty much all throughout the park if you complete all three hikes! All hikes in this series are METRO accessible.

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. The park's central section features a rocky and superbly scenic creek valley. "This easy woodland loop provides hikers with 4.5 miles of horizontal tromping and about 1,000 feet of elevation change. This hike will give hikers a restorative dose of outdoor activity, plus a sampling of the park's natural charms. Scenery: Gently rolling woodlands, rocky creek, and fall foliage." © Copyright Paul Elliott Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Rock Creek Series

This hike is the second of our three-part series of hikes - each one dedicated to a different and unique section of Rock Creek Park and will take us almost throughout the entire park if you complete all three hikes! All hikes are METRO accessible.

Part 1: September 28 — The Wild Northern Area of Rock Creek Park (Metro Accessible): An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 9.3 Miles (With Shorter Options)

Today's Hike! Part 2: October 12 — The Rocky Central Area of Rock Creek Park: A Moderate 4.5 Miles (Metro Accessible)

Part 3: October 20 — The Arboreal Southern Area of Rock Creek Park (Metro Accessible): A Moderate 8.9 Miles (With Shorter Options)

Trail Information

Trail Surface: Mostly dirt or stony soil; some pavement, grass, rocky, rooty in places.
Nearby City: Washington, DC
Length: 4.5 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy to Easy Side of Moderate
Scenery: Gently rolling woodlands, rocky creek
Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
Facilities: Toilets, water, phone at the nature center (open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.

Gear Suggestions
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Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click Here ( to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information

Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the Comments section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.

Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular location, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here ( for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information.

For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!

Directions to the Trailhead (Includes Metro Directions)
Click Here for Directions ( ( Where We Meet for this Hike

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.

The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.

Carpool Time from Savage Station — 9:00 a.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer-supported nonprofit charitable organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette ( Leave No Trace ( principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission ( Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer-supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, ( and donations ARE tax deductible ( Tax ID:[masked] (

A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!


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