With its 32 miles of paved and unpaved trails and more than 2,000 acres of open space Rock Creek Park offers many free or low cost recreational activities enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Peirce Mill is conveniently located mid-way between the National Zoo and Nature Center.
Many running, hiking and biking groups use Peirce Mill as a starting point. Directions, maps, and water are available when the mill is open (Wednesday – Sunday 10:00-4:00). Restroom facilities, bike racks and parking are nearby.
There are over 32 miles of trails in Rock Creek Park. The two primary trails include the green-blazed Western Ridge Trail, which parallels the western side of the park, and the blue-blazed Valley Trail, which parallels Rock Creek and Beach Drive. Stop by the Nature Center or Peirce Mill to obtain free trail maps and get more information. http://www.traillink.com/trail/rock-creek-park-trails.aspx
Eight group picnic areas in Rock Creek Park are available for advance reservation from May through October–first-come, first-served basis from November through April. Reservations must be made online at www.recreation.gov. For more information call the Rock Creek Park Permits Office at (202) 895-6013.
Start at Peirce Mill
Many running, walking, hiking and biking groups use Peirce Mill as a starting point. Why not book a tour of the mill for your group? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.