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Rock Creek Park Group Picnic Areas, DC

part ofRock Creek Park, National Park Service
Photo: Rock Creek Park Group Picnic Areas
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Eight group picnic areas in Rock Creek Park are available for advance reservation from May through October. These picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis from November through April.

Natural Features:

Rock Creek Park is truly a gem in our nation's capital. Fresh air, majestic trees, wild animals and the ebb and flow of Rock Creek emanate the delicate aura of the forest.


Recreational activities in Rock Creek Park include: soccer, picnics, hiking, biking, roller blading, tennis, fishing, horseback riding and attending a concert or park ranger program.


All picnic groves are equipped with multiple picnic tables, some also have grills. Picnic groves 1, 6, 13 and 24 have pavilions. Most sites offer access to toilet facilities, though not all. Please refer to specific grove descriptions for details.

Nearby Attractions:

Rock Creek Park is located near many national monuments and museums in the nation's capital.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Educational Programs
  • Guided Interpretive Walks
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Visitor Center
Within 10 Miles
  • Golf
  • Tennis Courts
Know Before You Go
  • The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  • Live bands, DJs, moon bounces, etc., are prohibited.
  • The grounds of each group site are suitable for up to 75 people. Please note, however, shelters may not accommodate all participants simultaneously.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    38.96361, -77.04722
    38°57'49"N, 77°2'50"W

    Rock Creek Park is located in northwest Washington, DC, lying between Connecticut Avenue to the west and 16th Street to the east. For directions to a specific picnic site, please refer to the Rock Creek Park map online at www.nps.gov/rocr .

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Rock Creek Park Group Picnic Areas
    Rock Creek Park, 3545 Williamsburg Lane NW
    Washington  DC  20008

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (202)895-6000
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