Though American Indians did not establish villages up Rock Creek, we know they were frequent visitors.
Rock Creek Park has always been a place for horses. The 1890 authorization act required construction of bridle paths "as soon as practicable."
Where did the rocks in Rock Creek come from?
The huge boulders and large outcroppings of granite and other bedrock within Rock Creek Park were once part of mountains formed when volcanic islands slammed into the North American coastline about 450 million years ago. Over time, the mountains eroded, leaving behind the rolling hills of the Piedmont.
Splashing through Rock Creek with water lapping at your car's hubcaps used to be both a delight and a danger for area drivers.
Rock Creek Park was designed to be a wilderness in the city. That is a challenging ecology to protect.
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