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Rock Creek Park
5200 Glover Road NW
Washington DC 20015

 

Park at the Nature Center and Planetarium, located at 5200 Glover Rood NW, Washington, DC 20015, near the intersection of Military Road and Glover Road.

Via Route 66:Take Route 66 across the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge. Get in the right lane on the bridge, and take the ramp for Independence Avenue. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp (heading towards the Kennedy Center along the river; this is Ohio Drive, but it's not marked as such). After passing the Kennedy Center (under its terrace) and Watergate, continue straight onto Rock Creek Parkway. When the parkway ends (near Connecticut and Calvert), continue north on Beach Drive. You will pass the zoo and Pierce Mill. Continue on Beach Drive until you see a sign for the Nature Center; bear left here (onto Glover Road), as the sign instructs. (*On weekends there will be a gate across Beach Drive, so you will be unable to go to the right!) Follow the signs to the Nature Center. Via the Beltway or Maryland: Take the Beltway north into Maryland; exit at Connecticut Ave. and proceed southbound toward Chevy Chase. About 7-8 blocks south of Chevy Chase Circle, turn left onto Military Road. Go a little over a mile, and you will see a big brown sign that says "ROCK CREEK PARK-NATURE CENTER..."etc. Take the next right (at the traffic light), as the sign instructs, and follow subsequent signs to the Nature Center.

Via the Chain Bridge (VA): At the end of the bridge, turn right onto Canal Road. Make the first left (at the light) onto Arizona Avenue. Proceed on Arizona until you come to a "T" intersection; make a right turn there onto Nebraska Ave. (The signs there may say "Loughboro Rd.," but it runs into Nebraska.) Proceed on Nebraska past American University, around Ward Circle, and across Wisconsin and Connecticut Avenues. Get into the right lane and turn right onto Military Road; less than 1/2 mile after you cross Connecticut. After a little less than a mile, you will see a big brown sign that says "ROCK CREEK PARK-NATURE CENTER..."etc. Take the next right (at the traffic light), as the sign instructs, and follow subsequent signs to the Nature Center.

From Dupont Circle: Proceed Northeast on New Hampshire Avenue for approximately half a mile when it will intersect 16th Street. Head north on 16th Street, towards the Maryland border. About 3 1/4 miles up the road, it will intersect Military Road, after Madison and Nicholson Streets. Make a right onto Military Road and follow the clover leaf pattern west towards Connecticut Ave. Cross Military Bridge and then it will turn into a small parkway. Get in the left-hand lane. Make a left at the first light that you come to, at Glover and Oregon Roads. You are now on Glover Road and can follow the signs to the Nature Center.

Tips:

Rock Creek park is lots of fun. Pay to get the map at the nature center (they also have restrooms) I think you are supposed to pay $2 to use the park.

Trails along the creek are busy with joggers, etc, but the crest trails while quieter, are sometimes harder to follow. You can do a short loop, long loop, or do both and stay all day. There is a ring with some jumps you can use near the ranger stables, but don't use any facilities at the Equestrian center, that is private.

Best route in with a horse trailer I think is Beltway to Georgia ave  (exit 30)  right on 16th street  (2nd major intersection, it's a Y) then right onto Military rd. (exit ramp) First left is Glover, then left and left following the signs to the Nature center. Park in the Nature Center parking lot, and be sure to clean up any 'surprises' or scattered hay.