The Rock Creek Trail is managed by the National Park Service and is the major recreational pathway running north and south directly through Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park
. The path is evenly paved and is generally in excellent condition. However, the entirety of the trail is pieced together by both dedicated trail segments and segments that run directly on Beach Drive (north of the National Zoo). Moreover, the trail is windy, with some rolling hills, and it is very popular with cyclists, joggers, and walkers. Therefore, runners should exercise significant caution when using this trail. It is best only for slower distance workouts, and runners should always run single file, while keeping to the right, and without headphones. Given the trail’s close proximity to Rock Creek Parkway and Beach Drive (traffic barriers are intermittent), runners need to be aware of their surroundings at all times.