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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, 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
Trail Changes and Closures
  • Cabin John Stream Valley Trail
    A WSSC Water Main Break has closed the Cabin John Stream Valley Trail (Natural Surface) in both directions at Bradley Blvd due to severe erosion - JPG PHOTO, 55KB. Parks is working with WSSC to get the trail back into a safe and passible condition as soon as possible. - posted 4-15-15
  • Paint Branch Trail
    A portion of the Paint Branch Trail is closed while the State Highway Administration (SHA) conducts a stream restoration project near Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park.The project is the last of the Environmental Stewardship Compensatory Mitigation projects in parks for the Intercounty Connector (ICC) - more about ICC projects . The work is expected to be completed in late 2015. Please refer to the detour map (PDF, 500KB) and signs posted in the park to guide you through the detour. - Posted 3-31-15
  • Seneca Creek Greenway Trail
    The bridge upstream from Watkins Mill Road has been replaced. - Posted 12-9-14
  • Rock Creek Regional Park
    - The Muncaster Mill Trail south of the Nature Center has reopened after bridge replacement and trail maintenance. - posted 3-31-15

    - The Muncaster Mill Trail crossing under Muncaster Mill Road to the Kengla House has been permanently closed due to excessive and cumulative storm damage. Park visitors can no longer access the trails south of Muncaster Mill Road from the Kengla House trail head parking area. Accessed those trails from the parking lot at the Meadowside Nature Center. Improved connections in this area will be sought with the construction of the future North Branch Trail. - posted 6-12-14
  • Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail
    WSSC Sewer Line Repairs -Trail users should expect some impacts throughout parks and on the Rock Creek Hiker Biker Trail, Lakeside Trail, and to trails to the west of Lake Needwood in particular.. Work is will continue into 2015. 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
  • Brookside Gardens Renovations
    Brookside Gardens began renovations late May 2013 continuing into 2014. Renovations could restrict access to some of the facilities including a portion of the Heart Smart Trail. - Updated 5-8-14

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
  • 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: April 15, 2015