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District of Columbia whitewater, Rock Creek

n a county, Above Military Road to Pierce Mill Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III+(V)     4 miles
  The Above Military Road to Pierce Mill Dam stretch of Rock Creek is 4 miles long and is a class II-III+(V) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The natural beauty of n/a County and the water flowing gracefully down Rock Creek make the trip here worthwhile. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. This river system is
    full of great paddling stretches, the Above Military Road to Pierce Mill Dam stretch is just one of them. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.
If you're coming from Washington-Arlington-Alexandria it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
Spend the day on the beach at Bathing Beach if you're here at Rock Creek, and Glen Echo Park is a glorious national park. Rock Creek is not far at all from Washington, and great hiking is available along the Rock Creek Park Bike Trail. This is such
 
a fun river. Piney Branch Valley is a pleasant site to spend some time at, and Jumpin' Jack Spring is always fun to check out. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Rock Creek; Valley Trail is a good local trail. A pleasant place like George Washington's Grist Mill Historic State Park in close proximity to Rock Creek is too good to leave out. The annual precipitation here at Rock Creek is about average. The month with most of the rain is May, and the driest month of the year is February. Summertime highs at Rock Creek regularly tend to be in the 80's; the nighttime is slightly chillier of course, frequently in the 60's.

Rock Creek, Above Military Road to Pierce Mill Dam road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Rock Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rock Creek:
Rock Creek, n/a County, 0 miles away
      Class II-III+(V) - 4 miles long (Above Military Road to Pierce Mill Dam)
Rock Creek, DC County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Military Road to Potomac River in D.)
Anacostia River - Northwest Branch, Prince Georges/ Montgomery County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III(V+) - 8 miles long (US Route 29 to Hyattsville)
Pimmit Run, Fairfax/ Arlington County, 5 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 0 miles long (Glebe Road to Potomac)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Little Falls)
Anacostia River, Prince Georges County, 6 miles away
      Class I - 10 miles long (Highway 3 to Potomac)
Four Mile Run, Arlington County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (Ohio Street to Arlington Ridge Road)
Pimmit Run, Fairfax/ Arlington County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Old Dominion Drive to above Glebe Road)
Cabin John Creek, Montgomery County, 9 miles away
      Class -blank- - 3 miles long (River Road to Potomac)
Rock Creek, Mongomery County, 11 miles away
      Class I(II) - -blank- miles long (Rockville to Military Road)
 Ski Areas Near Rock Creek:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 50 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Rock Creek:
Seafarers Boat Club, Washington , 3 miles away
Columbia Island Marina, Washington , 3 miles away
Washington Marina, Washington , 3 miles away
Columbia Island Marina, Arlington , 4 miles away
James Creek Marina, Washington , 5 miles away
 Beaches Near Rock Creek:
Bathing Beach, District of Columbia , 3 miles away
 Hotels Near Rock Creek:
The Line Hotel Washington DC, Washington , 1 miles away
Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington , 1 miles away
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington , 1 miles away
Windsor Park Hotel, Washington , 1 miles away
Washington Hilton, Washington , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rock Creek:
Cherry Hill Park, College Park, 9 miles away
Greenbelt Park National ParkS, Hyattsville, 10 miles away
Harmony Place Trailer Park, Alexandria, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Rock Creek:
Rock Creek Park Bike Trail, District of Columbia , 1 miles away
Valley Trail, District of Columbia , 1 miles away
Western Ridge Trail, District of Columbia , 2 miles away
White Horse Trail, District of Columbia , 2 miles away
Upland Trail, District of Columbia , 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rock Creek:
Glen Echo Park, McLean - VA , 6 miles away
Great Falls Park, McLean - VA , 9 miles away
George Washington's Grist Mill Historic State Park, Virginia , 14 miles away
Rosaryville State Park, Maryland , 18 miles away
Mason Neck State Park, Virginia , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rock Creek:
Brownson Harry B Country Club, Shelton , 3 miles away
Sligo Golf Course, Silver Spring , 4 miles away
Army Navy Country Club, Arlington , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Rock Creek
Lake Barcroft, Fairfax , 9 miles away
Lake Needwood, Montgomery , 10 miles away
Greenbelt Lake, Prince George's , 11 miles away

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