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Blockhouse Point Conservation Park Trails

Blockhouse Point Conservation Park Trails Map Locator Description

Blockhouse Point Conservation Park is an area rich in the natural and cultural history of the Potomac Valley. This approximately 630-acre Park contains a variety of exceptional resources.

This park is one of our Best Natural Areas. Natural features include mature upland forest, floodplain forest, palustrine wetlands, streams, river-rock outcrops, at least nine species of threatened, endangered, or watchlist plants, a diversity of wildlife and grand views of the Potomac River and C&O Canal.The Park encompasses historic Civil War ruins of national significance. Many of the existing trails in Blockhouse Point Conservation Park are part of the historic Civil War complex for which the park is named. They are a vestige of the transportation system that furnished material and supplies to the men who were stationed there. These historic routes have been used for more than 140 years.

Blockhouse Point Conservation Park Trails Map (pdf)
Blockhouse Point Conservation Point Brochure and Self-guided Tour (pdf, 1.7MB)

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.

 

Activities

Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding

Location

14750 River Road, Darnestown, MD. Located between the C&O Canal to the south and Esworthy Road to the north and is bisected by MD Route 190, River Road.

Trail length/surface

All 7+ miles of trails are natural surface.

Trail characteristics

The majority or the trails are designated "hiking only". The rest are designated for "hiker/equestrian only" or "shared use-all."

Biking in this Park is prohibited except for the the Muddy Branch Greenway Trail which travels south from Esworthy Rd.and along the eastern edge of the park across a bridge to connect with the C&O Canal towpath. The towpath is owned and maintained by the National Park Service.

Drinking water

No

Restrooms

No

Access and parking

There are 2 gravel lots. Both are located along the south side of River Road. The larger lot can hold approximately 25 cars and two to three horse trailers. There is a park sign at the lot entrance and a kiosk located at the back of the lot with a map of the park's trails. A second, smaller, lot is located at the western edge of the park and will hold only a few cars.

Contact

SmartParks: 301.670.8080 for non-emergency & trail maintenance.

Last update: April 9, 2013