Rock Creek Park - Rapids Bridge Hike

Washington, DC
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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This 2- mile loop hike takes you through the forest and then parallels the scenic whitewater section of Rock Creek before heading back uphill. The trail starts from the horse center and is identified by orange tape on wooden posts.


Submitted by Joe Linehan

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 100 ft.
Stroller friendly Yes
Stroller terrain All Terrain
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River

In addition to hiking the trail, Rock Creek Park has many other fun family-friendly activities including a nature center where ranger-led hikes begin, historically significant sites, and even a planetarium. A one-half mile self-guiding interpretive trail, the Woodland Trail, begins behind the Nature Center, while a one-fourth mile wheelchair-accessible Edge of the Woods trail begins right out the front door. The Nature Center is wheelchair-accessible.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Ample parking at the Nature Center. From the Nature Center, walk south/back through the parking lot toward the Horse Center. Take a sharp left into the Horse Center and head straight towards the corral. The dirt trail begins to the left of the corral.

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Getting There

Directions from Downtown Washington, DC: Take the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway north to Beach Drive. Exit onto Beach Drive, north, and take it to Broad Branch Road. Make a left and then a right onto Glover Road, follow the signs to the Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road, NW.


Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium
5200 Glover Road, NW, Washington, D.C.
Near the intersection of Military Road and Glover Road