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NOTICE: In preparation of severe weather, Montgomery Parks urges residents to stay off trails, and use caution if accessing trails after inclement weather. To report a fallen tree or hazard on a trail or in a County park, call the Parks Service Center at 301-670-8080 or report it via the online Service Center.


Welcome to This is where you can find information and maps for over 100 miles of park trails in Montgomery County, MD. Our trails are used for active and passive recreation, commuting and exploring. We encourage you to practice courtesy and common sense as you enjoy the trails.

Unless noted otherwise on the map, trails marked “Natural Surface” and “Hard Surface” are "Shared by All" trails which includes hikers, bikers and equestrians. Additional information about permitted uses of Park trails is available on our Trail User Information page. Learn more about our trails in this YouTube video.

Trail News & Events


Events and Things to Do
  • Countywide Park Trails Plan Amendment
    Provide comments on the Countywide Park Trails Plan Amendment new "Loops and Links" scheme. Input from the public on how to make the plan easier to implement and more sustainable is needed.
  • Underground Railroad Trail - FREE Guided hikes on Saturdays, April through November. Self guided hikes all year long.
  • Wild Montgomery - Visit the wildlands of our county on your own or check out a wide variety of guided hikes and nature programs for all ages throughout the year.
  • Heart Smart Trails - Get back in action or jump start your workout on a HeartSmart trail.
  • Image with link to Youtube video about MontgomeryTrails.orgTrail Volunteering - If you enjoy outdoors or would simply like to get involved in helping maintain a valuable community resource like trails, please consider joining our team.
  • Learn More - Learn more about our Trails in this YouTube video.
Trail Changes and Closures
  • Little Bennett Regional Park Trails
    The Prescott Road Horse Trailer Parking Area near the Little Bennett golf course is temporarily closed due to wet and soggy ground conditions. Vehicular traffic in that area has resulted in extensive turf damage. It will re-open once repairs are completed. - posted 3-11-14
  • Rock Creek Regional Park Trails
    WSSC is working to repair sewer lines within Rock Creek Regional Park that will affect the park trails. Trail users should expect some impacts to the Rock Creek Hiker Biker Trail, Lakeside Trail, and to trails to the west of Lake Needwood. Information about current trail closures/impacts is below. For more information on WSSC Consent Decree projects, please visit the WSSC website or call Montgomery Parks at 301-495-2595. - updated 12-19-13
  • Muddy Branch Greenway Trail ( Muddy Branch SVU # 1)
    Due to extensive storm damage, the Muddy Branch Greenway Trail is temporarily closed between Esworthy Rd. and Turkey Foot Rd.
  • Seneca Creek Greenway Trail
    The bridge upstream from Watkins Mill Road has failed and was removed the weekend of June 8th. It will eventually be replaced. Trail users are urged to use caution while crossing the stream. - posted 6-4-13
  • Brookside Gardens Renovations
    Brookside Gardens begins renovations to the Gude Garden in late May 2013. During renovations, the Gude Garden lawn, Japanese Tea House, Reflection Terrace, the Labyrinth, and lower service road - a portion of the Heart Smart Trail will be closed. Work will include, stabilizing and dredging the ponds, and repairing the dams to improve water quality. The turtles and fish will temporarily be relocated to another pond. Renovations will last for approximately 8 months. Posted 5-29-13
  • Magruder Branch Trail - Renovations of boardwalks and bridges on the Magruder Branch Trail in Damascus will begin May 13th and are expected to last through mid-June. The trail will be closed between Sweepstakes Road and Valley Park Road from 7am to 3pm - and it will be open after 3pm on the weekends. Visitors are urged to use caution near construction areas. For more information call 301-495-2595. - updated 6-1-13

Reporting Storm Damage
Severe storms throughout the year can cause damage in our parks and on trails. Trail users, please remember to use caution while on trail. To report downed trees or other maintenance issues in Parks, call 301-670-8080 or submit an online form through the Online Service Center. The most hazardous work requests will be addressed first. Residents may email to check the status of work requests. To report emergencies in parks, please call the M-NCPPC Police at 301-949-3010.

Trail Planning
  • Countywide Park Trails Plan Amendment
    Provide comments on the Countywide Park Trails Plan Amendment at one of two open-house style meetings. Input from the public on how to make the plan easier to implement and more sustainable are needed.
  • Rock Creek Trail Facility Plan
    M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks invites you to review the renovation plans for the Rock Creek Trail between the D.C. Line north to the intersection of Knowles Avenue and Beach Drive. For more information, visit
  • Little Bennett Trail Proposed Connector
    M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks invites you to review and provide input on the design of a new trail connector in Clarksburg, Maryland from the Little Bennett Regional Park Maintenance Yard to the south entry of the future Little Bennett Park Day Use Area.
  • Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail Signage Project
    We need public input from our trail users on the design and development of trail signage for the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail. You can submit comments on the project web page until September 30, 2013. Visit or call 301-495-2595 for more information. - posted 8-22-13
  • 2012 PROS Plan - Planning parks through the year 2022 and beyond.

Be Ready to HikeFroggy Hollow trailhead, Little Bennett Regional Park

Preventing Lyme Disease in Montgomery County
Spring and summer brings warm temperatures, just right for walking in the woods and other outdoor activities. Warm weather also means that ticks become active and this can lead to the transmission of Lyme disease.

County Executive Isiah Leggett joined Montgomery County health and parks officials, along with community residents, to launch a multi-pronged public education campaign about Lyme disease.  The number of cases of Lyme disease increased in Montgomery County, in part due to better reporting, and there were more than 300 new cases of Lyme disease reported in 2007.

Last update: March 11, 2014