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Rock Creek Park – Rockville, Maryland


Go Ape! Rock Creek Regional Park
6129 Needwood Lake Drive (intersection of Needwood Lake Dr and Beach Dr)
Derwood, Maryland

We have found Apple Maps to be unreliable with directions, please use Google Maps below as an alternative.

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By car

From the Capital Beltway (I-495 North), take either of the I-270 spurs north.  Follow I-270 North for almost 4 miles.  Take exit 8 for Shady Grove Road.  IMPORTANT - when merging onto exit 8 off of I-270, be sure to keep RIGHT at the fork and take the first exit ramp.  Keeping RIGHT will allow you to proceed onto Redland Blvd.  Continue to follow signs for Redland Blvd and Redland Road (Redland Blvd will merge into Redland Road without you knowing it) and continue on Redland Blvd/Road for 2.1 miles.  Turn right at Needwood Road and continue for 1.6 miles.  Turn right onto Beach Drive after you pass the lake on your right and enter Rock Creek Regional Park.  Continue for .75 miles.  Proceed through the stop sign and park in the lot on your right (Picnic Area 2).

From Frederick and locations north, take I-270 southbound.  Take exit 9A to merge onto 1-370 E toward Shady Grove Metro Station and follow for 1.4 miles.  Then take the Shady Grove Rd exit toward MD-355 S/Rockville (also known as Rockville Pike).  After .3 miles, turn left onto Shady Grove Road.  Continue on Shady Grove Road for .9 miles and then make a right onto Crabbs Branch Way.  Follow Crabbs Branch Way for .7 miles and then take the first left (at the light) onto Redland Road.  Continue on Redland for .3 miles and then make your first right onto Needwood Road.  Continue on Needwood Road for 1.6 miles.  Turn right onto Beach Drive after you pass the lake on your right and enter Rock Creek Regional Park.  Continue for .75 miles.  Proceed through the stop sign and park in the lot on your right (Picnic Area 2).

GPS Users! Many GPS systems will not direct you to the Go Ape cabin if you enter the park name or if you enter our address.  If your GPS system leads you to the Needwood Mansion, continue east on Needwood Rd, pass the lake on your right and enter the park via Beach Dr, which is the next right after the lake.  Continue on Beach Dr for .75 miles to Picnic Area 2 where you will find the closest parking lot to the Go Ape cabin.  Additionally, some GPS units will not recognize Needwood Lake Drive as a road.  If this is the case, we recommend that you use Needwood Lake Circle as this street is close to our location.  As GPS sometimes struggles to find Rock Creek Regional Park, we advise that you conduct a Google Maps search from your home address to 6129 Needwood Lake Drive, Derwood, MD 20855.

Important! Go Ape! Rock Creek Regional Park is in Rockville, Maryland at the Lake Needwood area of Rock Creek Regional Park and is not to be confused with other areas of the Rock Creek Regional Park system or Rock Creek Park in Washington DC.

By metro

By Metro - take the Red Line to the Shady Grove Station.  Prior to your arrival at Shady Grove, we recommend that you call Barwood Taxis at 301-984-1900, but if you forget there is a taxi stand outside the Westside exit.  Additionally, Metro welcomes bicycles on the weekends and the station is 3.5 miles from Go Ape Rock Creek Regional Park.  For more information on Metro, click here

By Bicycle or Walking (from Shady Grove Red Line Metro) - Leave the Shady Grove station through the Eastside exit and follow the signs for Redland Road.  At the light, turn left onto Redland Road and travel for .4 miles.  Turn right onto Needwood Road and travel for 1.6 miles.  Enter the park by turning right onto Beach Drive (after you pass the lake on your right), travel for .75 miles.  Come to the first stop sign and Go Ape will be on your left.  There will be a bicycle rack next to the parking lot of Picnic Area 2.

About Rock Creek Park – Rockville, Maryland

The Go Ape treetop adventure course is made up of 6 zip lines (including Maryland and the USA’s first skateboard zipline!) numerous rope ladders, 44 crossings to include the Stirrups and Twister and 2 tarzan swings.  There are 6 individual sections within the course, each section taking you higher into the forest canopy and finishing with a zip line more exciting than the previous one!  If you’ve been before, we’ve added a banana load of challenging obstacles to make your adventure more exciting than ever before.  Furthermore, the course now includes a zip line taking you over a road!

Go Ape’s first US course is centered around the beautiful 75-acre Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park, just outside Washington DC in Rockville, Maryland.  The course is surrounded by hiking trails through forests and along lakeshores, includes picnic areas, boat rentals, fishing and the beginning of the 12 mile Rock Creek hiker/biker trail into Washington DC.

For FAQs on Go Ape Treetop Adventure, click here

Our zip lines are conveniently located just 35 minutes from Washington, DC | 33 minutes from Arlington, Virginia | 45 minutes from Baltimore, Maryland | 45 minutes from Frederick, Maryland!

Get out and about this season

For full availability simply click on our 'Book Now' function for exact details of Rock Creek's opening hours.

Times will vary on daylight hours… some adventures even open at 08:00 in the summer for those early birds!

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

Here are a few links that we thought you might find useful!

Please note - upon selecting a link below, you will be re-directed to a page outside of goape.com

Rock Creek Regional Park

Montgomery County Parks

Montgomery County Visitors Bureau

Meadowside Nature Center

Rockville Town Square

Parks Permit Office - Picnic Shelters

 Lake Needwood Boathouse & Rentals 

Staying Over

Interested in camping sites in the area?  Check out Little Bennett or The Treehouse Camp.  Please note - upon selecting a link below, you will be re-directed to a page outside of goape.com

Little Bennett Campground

The Treehouse Camp

Below are links to hotels in the Rockville area, where you can check availability and book.

Sheraton Rockville Hotel

Hilton Rockville

Gaithersburg Marriott

Crowne Plaza Rockville

Best Western Rockville

Feedback from Rock Creek Park – Rockville, Maryland

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It's always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla's mouth (...and we're proud to say it’s totally unedited!)

Rated 4 Bananas Misty - Treetop Adventure, 12 March 2013
it was great!!! loved that there were options of difficulty once in trees.
Rated 5 Bananas Patricia - Treetop Adventure, 12 March 2013
The staff was very nice and accomadating. We were a little late and they got us in and even took our jackets back to the office when it warmed up. We had a great time.
Rated 4 Bananas Peter - Treetop Adventure, 18 December 2012
Thanks for a great time! We had so much fun!
Rated 5 Bananas Lynne - Treetop Adventure, 14 December 2012
Had a great time, planning to go again in the spring with a group of people!
Rated 5 Bananas Naomi - Treetop Adventure, 12 December 2012
I loved everything about Go Ape! My husband and I came to celebrate my birthday and couldn't have been happier about the experience. Staff were friendly, helpful, and informative. I felt that things were explained clearly and safety precautions were explicit. The course was amazing. I loved that I was challenged to try new things and that we could move at our own pace. It's hard to pick a favorite part. I really liked the zip lines and the Tarzan swings. One suggestion would just be to add some new and different obstacles to expand the course. I would love to come back in the spring!
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Course stats

Check out these crazy stats for Rock Creek Park – Rockville, Maryland!

  • Number of sections 6
  • Longest Zip Wire 400 feet
  • Longest Crossing 52 feet
  • Total Length 2,145 feet
  • Number of Crossings 44
  • Highest Point 50 feet