Rock Creek Valley Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews

Rock Creek Valley Trail is a 10.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Washington, District of Columbia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation Gain: 990 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

wildlife

hiking
17 days ago

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

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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.

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muddy
rocky
6 months ago

only hiked a portion of the trail but it was generally good. pretty muddy and busy

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muddy
6 months ago

Good hiking trail, popular on weekends. Entrance from 18th and Shepherd is pretty muddy but once you pick up the Valley trail it's not so bad. Good afternoon hike!

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muddy
7 months ago

Great trail system in the heart of DC. There is some construction related to Beach road along this trail that forces a few detours, but pleasant none the less. Connects to the Western ridge trail for a change of scenery on the way back

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muddy
snow
7 months ago

Soooooooo muddy that I kept slipping and almost falling, even in good hiking shoes. Also had my (sometimes unfriendly on a leash) dog with me but ran into a few off-leash dogs which I thought would be an issue but things turned out ok. I'm sure this trail is much better in the summer when it's dry and not as muddy. I went in early February when all the snow was melting. Seems like it would be really beautiful when things are green!

hiking
Monday, September 03, 2018

Poorly marked

Friday, April 13, 2018

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Great scenery even in the winter.

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

As with the entire rock Creek system, trails or poorly and infrequently marked.

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fun trail, poorly labelled. We had a great lunch sitting on the rocks by the rapids about a third of the way through (we started from the south). Be sure to check out Pulpit Rock and the views from there! We started on this trail and then walked down Western Ridge at the north point (for about 9mi total).

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