Looking for a great trail in Rock Creek Park and Piney Branch Parkway, District of Columbia? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Rock Creek Park and Piney Branch Parkway ranging from 1.6 to 9.9 miles and from 95 to 344 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Rock Creek Park Rock Creek Park is truly a gem in our nation's capital. It offers visitors an opportunity to reflect and soothe their spirits through the beauty of nature. Fresh air, majestic trees, wild animals, the ebb and flow of Rock Creek, and thousands of years of human history emanate the delicate aura of the forest. Rock Creek Park is open during daylight hours.

Trails can be hard to locate. I missed crossing the bridge to do full hike.

Very pretty, relaxing, easy walk. But very busy. Walkers, bikers, dogs, families.

hiking
18 days ago

Great, easy trail. We took our dog who loved it. Plenty of side trails and different ways to mix it up too.

Late summer hike

hiking
24 days ago

A very pleasant loop that doesn't feel at all urban. On the weekend the adjacent Beech Drive has no cars, so all you hear is the creek and birds calling. It's easy to modify the loop. On a pretty day, I came out of the valley using the nearby Soapstone Valley Trail, which was pretty and ends near the Van Ness-UDC Metro stop.

hiking
24 days ago

Great loop trail right in DC. Good with dogs. Decent amount of elevation change. Close to the road, but otherwise great overall.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy trail, very poorly marked though.

Great trail, nature center is awesome.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail. Fairly easy to follow...we also had a very detailed blog post. We clocked 3.5 mile one way though so not sure if we got lost somewhere. The one way from boundary to pierce mill was about 1hr 45min.

hiking
2 months ago

Map , markings and the app could be better especially at times it gets confusing with trail path. But that being said we loved the trail and we hiked with our dog. Trail features includes lot of Creek / water spots , good for dog or kids , dog friendly & family friendly trail. It has lot of natural shadow / trees and less stressful that way on a hot summer day.

Great trail. At times a touch hard to follow maps and definitely more moderate than easy in places. Will add this to the regular rotation. Loved it!

Too much of the trail is near roads. I don't like hearing honking horns while hiking. Still a decent option though if you aren't able to travel far from DC. (Also watch your step cause there's LOTS of horse poop on the trails.)

Lots of dogs off leash. Be prepared for that and make sure yours can handle that

nice little hike. good variety in terrain and flora. GPS recording is prob off.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Started at and parked at the wrong spot, but we figured it out. We had 3 dogs with us. They really enjoyed it. The one negative - the horse poop. It was out of control. If I have to pick up after my puppies, why don’t horse riders have to pick up after their horses?

Really nice trail if you’re looking for a nice 5K+. The main road, not the trails, is closed in places and bridges blocked but they are easy to slip around so you can stay on the route. Don’t start at the suggested trail head. Start off the trail head at 16th and Holly, NW.

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bridge out
closed
muddy
off trail
3 months ago

Fun hike, but very poor signage. Much of the trail is closed and the park does a terrible job of letting you know.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Gorgeous, varied route provided by On Foot Holidays! Not all this long because we visited a castle.

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muddy
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Gave it a 4, because this particular trail recording goes alongside the road, whereas, if you didn’t cross the bridge about a mile in, you could avoid it. However, I was limited on time, so this shorter trail worked for me! Also, this recording has you cross a cars only bridge, so I walked across the boulders that makeup the bridge (not the safest option.) There’s a longer trail on the other side of the road, where you can avoid crossing that bridge though, as it is a cool site to see! I would definitely do this trail again, but I would give myself more time, so I didn’t have to walk along the road.

hiking
4 months ago

nice spring hike

Beautiful walk along the river, and many spots for the dogs to take a dip. Caution around the horses at the start of the trail; one park police officer was incredibly rude and threatened us if our dogs spooked her horse. The trail itself is beautiful, very little rough terrain (only tripped once). Will definitely go back!

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