Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park

Planning Your Visit

Directions

Via Route 66 (Arlington, VA):
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 is 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 (right lane). After the traffic light at the intersection of Tilden Street/Park Road and Beach Drive, take the first right onto Blagden Avenue. Then, turn left on 17th Street and right onto Colorado Avenue. Follow signs for Carter Barron Amphitheatre parking. see map

Via Beltway/ (Maryland;Reston/ Herndon/Sterling/Great Falls, VA):
Take the Beltway (I-495) north into Maryland; exit at Connecticut Avenue and proceed southbound toward Chevy Chase. About 7-8 blocks south of Chevy Chase Circle, turn left onto Military Road. Take the exit for 16th Street; turn right towards Downtown. Turn right onto Morrow Drive or Colorado Avenue and follow signs for parking. see map

Via Baltimore and points North:
Take I-95 South to I-495 West. Exit at Georgia Avenue South and stay in the right lane. Exit 16th Street to Washington, D.C. Continue three miles to Morrow Ave. or Colorado Ave. and follow signs for CBA parking. see map

Via Gaithersburg, MD and points North:
Take I-270 South to I-495 East. Exit at Georgia Avenue South and stay in the right lane. Exit 16th Street to Washington, D.C. Continue three miles to Morrow Ave. or Colorado Ave. and follow signs for CBA parking. see map

Via the Chain Bridge (McLean/Vienna, VA):
At the end of Chain 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, and make a right turn onto Nebraska Avenue. (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. Take the exit for 16th Street; turn right towards Downtown. Turn right onto Morrow Drive or Colorado Avenue and follow signs for parking. see map

From Memorial Bridge (Alexandria/Arlington/Annandale/395, VA):
Stay in your right hand lane while crossing Memorial Bridge. Follow the lane as it curves under the bridge and onto the Rock Creek Parkway heading north. (You'll be parallel to the Potomac River). You'll pass the Kennedy Center. Eventually, you will see a sign for Beach Drive. Stay in your right hand lane and continue north on Beach. After the traffic light at the intersection of TildenStreet/Park Road and Beach Drive, take the first right onto Blagden Avenue. Turn left onto 17th Street and right onto Colorado Avenue. Follow signs for Carter Barron Amphitheatre parking.see map

From Dupont Circle (Downtown DC):
Proceed Northeast on New Hampshire Avenue for approximately half a mile to 16th Street. Turn north on 16th Street, towards the Maryland border. Proceed approximately 3.25 miles, turn left on Colorado Avenue. Follow signs for Carter Barron Amphitheatre parking. see map

From NE/SE/SW in DC:
Take North Capitol Street north. Make a left on Missouri Avenue. Continue on Missouri Avenue. When crossing Georgia Avenue, Missouri becomes Military Road. Continue on Military. Take the exit for 16th Street. Turn left on 16th Street towards Downtown. Turn right on Kennedy or Colorado and follow signs for Carter Barron parking. see map

Peirce Barn Directions

Peirce Mill and Barn are located at the corner of Tilden Street (same as Park Road), NW and Beach Drive, Washington, DC 20015.

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 Peirce Mill. Continue on Beach Drive to first stop light. Turn left onto Tilden drive, cross the bridge and turn right into the parking lot. Peirce Mill is the stone building to your right. Peirce Barn is the stone building to your left

Via the Beltway or Maryland: Take the Beltway north into Maryland; exit at Connecticut Ave. and proceed southbound toward Chevy Chase. Continue down Connecticut past the University of the District of Columbia. One block past the university turn left onto Tilden Street. Follow Tilden to the bottom of the hill and turn left into the parking lot at Peirce Mill. 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 Van Ness Street. At Van Ness make a right and follow Van Ness to Connecticut. Make a right onto Connecticut, south bound). Follow to Tilden Street and make a left. Follow Tilden to the bottom of the hill and turn left into the parking lot in front of Peirce Mill. 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. At the headquarters for the DC Department of Recreation and Parks follow the signs to Park Road (you will make a left exist of off 16th Street and then a right onto Park Road). Follow Park road to Beach Drive (you will have to bear to the right at the stop light at Klingle Road). Cross Beach Drive and turn right into the first parking lot. Located on Tilden Street Washington DC 20015 Phone: (202)282-0927

Operating Hours & Seasons

Rock Creek Park is open during daylight hours.

Our Visitor Centers are open as follows:

Nature Center and Planetarium

Open All Year Wednesday through Sunday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Old Stone House

Open All Year Monday through Sunday Noon to 5:00 PM
Group tours (10 or more) available by reservation.

Peirce Barn

Open June 1st to November 30th, Saturday and Sunday noon to 4:00PM.

Fees & Reservations

ENTRANCE FEES
General Admission to Rock Creek Park
Free!

Group Picnicking reservations
Details:
Reservations for group picnic areas are made in person at:
DC Department of Parks and Recreation
3149, 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
phone 202-673-7647
The fee is $7.00 per permitted period.

Sports Field
Details:
Reservation required sports fields are located at: Rock Creek Tennis Center, 16th & Kennedy Streets 4 sports fields,Fort Reno 2 sports fields. To obtain a reservation permit for sports fields go in person with a valid photo identification to:
DC Department of Parks & Recreation
Sports Field Permits Division
3149 Sixteenth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20010
202-673-7449
The fee for a permit is $7.00

Weddings
Details:
Special Use Permits are issued for small wedding ceremonies ONLY and for three different locations in the Park - Old Stone House (garden area only), Montrose Park and Meridian Hill.
The fee for a wedding permit is $200.00

Contact Special Park Uses Ranger at 202-895-6000 for more information or e-mail e-mail us

Contact Us

CONTACT US


To be added to our mailing list or make comments, please contact us.

e-mail: e-mail us

 

concert line:202-426-0486

 

write to:
Carter Barron Amphitheatre
Rock Creek Park
3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW Washington, DC 20008

park information:202-895-6000

 

 

Parking

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Amphitheatre.

Enter off of 16th Street at Kennedy Street or from Colorado Avenue just west of 16th Street. Please car pool when possible and if you find yourself parking in the neighborhood surrounding the Amphitheatre, please join us in being a good neighbor.

Metro

Metro bus stops on 16th Street are serviced by the S2 & S4 lines running between Silver Spring and MacPherson Square. Bus stops on 14th Street are serviced by the 52 and 54 bus lines.

The closest Metro rail stops are Silver Spring (Red Line) and Columbia Heights (Green Line). Both require transfers to the S2 or S4 bus (at the Silver Spring Metro Station bus terminus or 16th Street and Irving - 1 block west of the Columbia Heights Station).

Visit the Metro website at www.wmata.com or call 202-637-7000 (TDD 202-638-3780) for more information.

Accessibilty

ACCESSIBILITY

Carter Barron is Accessible with Assistance.

Wheel chair patrons please note: Carter Barron Amphitheatre is in the process of being renovated. Wheel chair access has changed. Please contact us for more information. Sign Interpreters are available with at least 2 weeks notice. For more information please call 202-254-2468 (voice) or 202-282-1063 (TTY). Parking for individuals with wheelchair plates or placards is available in marked spaces in the main lot near walkways from the lot to the Amphitheatre. There are also marked spaces available along the box office driveway which is accessible from Colorado Avenue.

Trip Tips

  • Utilize the park as an outdoor classroom! Each of these programs were created with curriculum matches in mind. Our recommended pre- and post- visit activities will further connect your students' learning objectives to their park experience.
  • Easy-to-read name tags make the program more personal.
  • Dress for the weather. Make sure all participants wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Note: programs are held in sun, rain, heat, and cold, so be prepared!