Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Native Plant Society
Dumbarton Oaks Park is a designed landscape that sits at the ecological edge of Rock Creek Park and is in the process of being restored- both as an historic landscape and a natural landscape with ecological principles. Though not really wild, it has been allowed to return to nature since it was given to the National Park Service in 1940.
Leaders: Mary Pat Rowan and David Culp
Notes: Easy to moderate walk.
Directions: There are several ways to access Dumbarton Oaks Park. Most people take a short stroll downhill along an asphalted pedestrian-only lane, Lovers’ Lane, which descends from R Street NW in Georgetown. Lovers’ Lane is located approximately 200 feet east of R Street and 31st Street NW. Lovers’ Lane* separates Dumbarton Oaks estate from Montrose Park and is signposted by a green-on-white wooden plaque reading, “Dumbarton Oaks Park, Open Dawn to Dusk.” The lane descends one-fourth of a mile to the Park entrance at the bottom of the hill.
Free, street parking is available on R Street NW.
*Lovers’ Lane is the paved, gated path at approximately 3060 R Street NW in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, located in between Dumbarton Oaks and Montrose Park.
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