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TERMINOLOGY | TRAIL SYMBOLS | SAFETY TIPS

The main purpose of this site is to provide park trail maps that are easy to download and print from your own computer of our signed and sanctioned trails in M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks. Learn more about our trails in this YouTube video.

Terminology

  • Shared by All - Unless noted otherwise on the map, trails are "Shared by All" which includes hikers, bikers and equestrians.
  • Natural Surface Trails - Natural surface trails are typically narrow (2-4 feet wide) dirt trails. Types of uses associated with these trails are hiking, horseback riding and all-terrain biking. Unless noted othewise on the trail map, natural surface trails are "shared by all".
  • Hard Surface Trails - Hard surface trails may include asphalt paths but they may also be any firm and stable surface capable of supporting casual walkers and cyclists.
  • Motorized Vehicles - Motorized vehicles are not allowed on any of our trails.
  • Connector Trails - Connector trails generally provide access from nearby neighborhoods. Trail Connectors are shown solely for neighborhood access. They may not be part of the main park trail system and may not be signed or maintained to park standards.
  • Location Map - A location map of each trail is provided on the web page for each of our trails. The location map shows the general location of the park and trail system in the County and the type of trails available at that location. Trails designated to specific users will be noted along with a brief summary of trail features, and major trail amenities. Here you will also find a link for a downloadable Adobe PDF map trail map that can be printed out and used while on trail.

Additional information about permitted uses of Park trails is available in the M-NCPPC Rules and Regulations, Chapter 6.

Trail Symbols

Below are the symbols used throughout our website and on our trail maps.

Trail User Key

Color key for trail usersTrails "shared by all" include hikers, bikers and equestrians. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on any of our trails. Hard surface trails include paved, gravel and boardwalk pathways.

Trail Connectors are shown solely for neighborhood access. They may not be part of the main park trail system and may not be signed or maintained to park standards.

Trail User Symbols

Trail Amenities

Biking Bicycles Permitted Dogs must be on leash Dog Park
Hiking Hiking permitted Drinking water Drinking Water
Horse back riding Horseback Riding Permitted Picnic area Picnic Area
Rollerblading Rollerblading Permitted Bathrooms Restrooms
Wheelchair access Wheelchair Access Phone Telephone
    Information Information
       

Activities

Access & Information

Campground Campground Metro stop Metro Stop
Fishing Area Fishing Parking Parking
Scenic overlook Scenic Overlook    

Alert Symbols

 
Caution Caution!    
Hospital Hospital    
Steep slope Steep Slope    

Safety Tips

Trails are shared recreation amenities and are accessed by a variety of users at the same time. Please be courteous to all users, and remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way.

  • Never use the trails alone and always let someone know where you are going.
  • Be sure to carry identification (which includes name, phone number, and pertinent medical information), and record your bicycle serial number. Take a cell phone along (completely charged).
  • Be very observant of your surroundings and of other people. Avoid areas where visibility is poor and don't wear headsets. If you do travel a trail alone, avoid unfamiliar areas.
  • Avoid trails and use caution during rain, high winds and other inclement weather.
  • Wear reflective material and carry a whistle or noisemaker.
  • Cyclists are encouraged to wear helmets.
  • Don't leave valuable items in plain view inside of your car. Leave them at home or lock them in your trunk prior to arriving at your destination.
  • Trust your instincts. Don't walk where you feel uncomfortable. Use discretion when acknowledging strangers, and follow your intuition about unfamiliar people and areas.
  • STOP at stop signs, they indicate dangerous cross car traffic
  • Respect, communication and courtesy go a long way in helping everyone enjoy the trail safely.
  • Remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way. All trail users should stay to the right on the trail. Bicyclists approaching pedestrians should make an advanced noise using voice, bell or horn, and should pull off the trail when stopping to avoid possible accidents. Pets should be kept on a short leash, and owners must clean up after their pets.
  • Bicyclists must keep a safe, reasonable speed and adhere to trail speed limits. Adjust speed to trail congestion and surface conditions.
  • Trails are available for use from sunrise to sunset each day.
  • Park in well-lit, heavily traveled areas if possible.
  • When you approach your car, have your key ready and check the floor and the back seats before you get in.
  • Program the Park Police Emergency number 301-949-3010 into your cell phone before you leave.

last update: July 15, 2015