***For the time being, travelers concerned about crowds can book a PRIVATE GROUP! Groups of 2 or more can do so for NO EXTRA COST!*** Imagine a quiet wooded journey alongside a creek and through a sloping forest, often out of sight and earshot of cars and crowds. Welcome to Rock Creek Park, right here in the heart of DC. To the newcomer, however, the network of trails can be confusing, so you're likely to miss out on the best spots while fumbling around on your phone. That's where I come in! As a regular park trekker, I'll come up with a lovely, fun, adventurous route especially for you/r group. No worries--just enjoy the walk and the scenery For 2-3 hours we'll hike along various trails, some right alongside the rushing creek, some traversing into the ridges above, others will take us up quiet, isolated little ravines with babbling brooks. We'll wander by historical landmarks, such as Boulder Bridge, The Capitol Ruins, and Pulpit Rock. We might stumble on turtles, carp, deer, heron, even hawks. I'm pleased to chat and share my knowledge as we go, but there's no script I'll be following. And I always have a digression ready to go! Please message me if you've got questions. If you're interested in a date or time not up on the calendar just let me know, I can often make time.
I'm a long time DC resident and Rock Creek Park enthusiast. I walk there most days of the year so I know it very well--its marked and hidden trails. My expertise relates mostly to walking the trails, but I'm quite familiar with the Park's various and surprising charms. I'm friendly and an adept conversationalist, a genuine peripatetic, so I'm always happy to chat as we walk.
We'll start at Peirce Mill and wander along the Western Ridge and Valley Trail, but we'll divert through hidden trails and up along tributary streams such as Melvin Hazen and Soapstone. We'll also stop by the waterside to take in the sights and sounds of the creek (and get your feet wet if you want!). Bathrooms at the Mill.
This is moderate trail walking (or easy hiking), so bring appropriate footwear. Keep in mind that much of the trail goes over roots and rocks, and there is some elevation change/hills.