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Rock Creek Park is a gem in our nation's capital. It is the longest and oldest natural urban park in the National Park System. and contains 1750 acres along the Rock Creek valley in Northwest Washington extending from Maryland to Georgetown. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and provides urban dwellers and opportunity to reflect and sooth their spirits through the beauty of nature in all seasons. We use it year round for hiking, running, bicycling, and picnicking. Others ride horses along its paths. The Rock Creek Community garden, where we grow seasonal produce year round, is on the park property next to park police horse stables. The National Zoo is also in the park.