Water and Land Use
Rock Creek Park was set aside as a natural area in 1890, but the history of the area stretches back much further. Native Americans, settlers, and Civil War soldiers have all lived here. Today, Rock Creek Park is a natural area, a recreation area, a traffic corridor, and a gathering place for major sporting events. Its urban setting poses particular challenges.
How has water and land use in and around what is now Rock Creek Park affected the park’s natural communities? Find out!
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Learn about the Rock Creek valley's rich cultural history, from Native American inhabitants, to land grant settlers and their mills, to the impacts of the Civil War.