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Paint Branch Stream Valley Park Trail

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Trail Detour

Paint Branch Trail detour close-upPLEASE NOTE:
- Portions of the Paint Branch Trail between East Randolph Road and Fairland Road will be have restricted use over the next 4-6 weeks. WSSC is constructing temporary access roads to perform sewer line and manhole repairs. Please follow the directions of construction flag men for trail detours and use. For more information on WSSC Consent Decree projects, please visit the WSSC website. - posted 6/2/15

- A portion of the Paint Branch Trail is closed while the State Highway Administration (SHA) conducts a stream restoration project in the Hollywood Branch stream tributary adjacent to Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park as part of the Environmental Stewardship Compensatory Mitigation package for the Intercounty Connector (ICC) - more about ICC projects in parks .
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


This is naturally shaded trail extends for 3 miles between Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park (off Jackson Road) and Fairland Road.

Located just south the of Upper Paint Branch Best Natural Areas, the trail features views of Paint Branch stream and passes the historic Valley Mill and the former site of Snowden Mill. These mills are among the oldest in the County, dating back to the 1700's.

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.


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West of Rt. 29 and south of Fairland Road in the eastern part of the County.

Trail length/surface

Paint Branch Trail is hard surface and 3 miles. Another 3 miles of hard surface trails crisscross Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Trail characteristics

Easy to follow, gentle grades. A trail underpass provides a safe crossing beneath Randolph Road, but trail users should exercise caution during and after heavy rains as the trail might become temporarily impassable.

Drinking water

Yes, at Martin Luther King Recreational Park.


Yes, at Martin Luther King Recreational Park.

Access and parking

Ample parking is available in Martin Luther King Park off Jackson Road and parking is also available north and south of East Randolph Road.


Park Managers Office: 301.622.1193
SmartParks: 301.670.8080 for non-emergency & trail maintenance.

Last update: June 2, 2015