Capitol Ruins in Rock Creek Park

Every trail in Rock Creek Park has its charms, and if you keep your eyes open (or know where to look), you might find something really special. In addition to miles of trails, towering trees, and bubbling streams, we found a few hidden gems this weekend.

In the depths of this national park, a somewhat-secret site plays host to piles of historic sandstone silently growing moss.

Rumors say that the carefully-arranged rubble used to be part of the former East Front Portico of the Capitol Building, which was built between 1815 and 1829 and dismantled during a renovation in 1958.

Through a series of events, the government-owned stones were numbered, catalogued, and sent to be stored on National Park Service land.

Chloe had a blast exploring these pieces of history (as did we).  More scenes from our 7-mile stroll included horse stables and a fairy village.

I’m convinced that Rock Creek Park is a magical place. But maybe the best thing about a national park inside the District is that you can hike directly from the trail to get fantastic (well-earned) tacos.

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