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Have a Rock Creek Park Fire Pit Party

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Posted on September 28
Entrance to Rock Creek Park in fall.

Entrance to Rock Creek Park in fall. (M.V. Jantzen/Flickr)

Hey! Bridget Todd here. I’m the host of City Cast DC, but I’m also a D.C. park enthusiast, and I’ve got some tips for how to throw your own fire pit party in Rock Creek Park. Some of the park’s picnic areas have stone fire pits that anyone can use for free. And believe me, there’s no better way to spend a fall day.

Stake Out Your Location:

You can make a reservation at the NPS website from May through November, but these areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis from December through April, and they get full quickly on sunny days. So once you get a spot, don’t leave it unattended!

Set a Meeting Spot:

Rock Creek Park can be confusing. Telling someone to meet you at “the pavilion near the creek” is a sure fire (haaa) way to get lost. The pavilions all have numbers, and you can use Google Maps or a shared pin to make sure folks are meeting at the right spot.

City Cast DC host Bridget Todd and friends enjoying a fire at Rock Creek Park.

City Cast DC host Bridget Todd (second from right) and friends enjoying a fire at Rock Creek Park. (Bridget Todd/City Cast DC)

Order Dinner:

Did you know food delivery services will serve accessible picnic areas? The last time I was in Rock Creek Park, we got pizza delivered. If you’re interested in skipping the food prep part of your picnic, this is for you.

Don’t Mess It Up:

Be aware of the rules and make sure you’re disposing of your trash and ashes properly. The Park Service really doesn’t play around when it comes to treating the park facilities responsibly.

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