Boulder Bridge Autumn Colors
February 3, 2022
A stunning view of Boulder Bridge surrounded by colorful autumn foliage as Rock Creek flows under it in Rock Creek National Park that bisects the northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. Boulder Bridge carries the road across Rock Creek upstream from the Blagden Mill site where the mill dam had been.
Designed by W. J. Douglas with Romantic ideas, Boulder Bridge was built in 1902. It spans 80 feet and rises 12 feet. Its reinforced concrete arch is faced with large fieldstones gathered from outside the park. The bridge blends admirably with its surroundings and survives as an outstanding specimen of naturalistic 'parkitecture'.
Rock Creek National Park is truly a gem in our nation's capital. This 1,754 acre city park was officially authorized in 1890, making it the third national park to be designated by the federal government. It offers visitors the opportunity to escape the bustle of the city and find a peaceful refuge, recreation, fresh air, majestic trees, wild animals, and thousands of years of human history.
Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. National Park Service photo.