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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
  • Muncaster Mill Trail at Lake Frank
    The Muncaster Mill Trail is closed for bridge replacement and trail maintenance south of the Nature Center. Please refer to detour signs posted in the park to guide you through alternative options. The expected re-opening date will be posted here as soon as possible. - posted 12-31-14
  • 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 where it crosses 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. Those trails can be accessed by parking 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 to the Rock Creek Hiker Biker Trail, Lakeside Trail, and to trails to the west of Lake Needwood. Work is expected to 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
  • 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: February 19, 2015