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Rock Creek Trails

Rock Creek Trails Map LocatorNational Recreation Trails LogoROCK CREEK HIKER-BIKER TRAIL
The Rock Creek Stream Valley hosts many miles of trails for you to enjoy. In 2007 the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail joined Sligo Creek trail as a "National Recreation Trail" (pdf, 13KB).

LAKE FRANK & MEADOWSIDE TRAILS and LAKE NEEDWOOD TRAILS
Rock Creek Regional Park trails are comprised of two trails systems with a mix of hard surface and natural surface trails for everyone.

NOTICES

  • 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.
  • WSSC is working to repair sewer lines within Rock Creek Regional Park that will affect the park trails. Trail users should expect some impacts to the Rock Creek Hiker Biker Trail, Lakeside Trail, and to trails to the west of Lake Needwood. Information about current trail closures/impacts is below. 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

 

 

Rock Creek Hiker/Biker Trail
Description
Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail map (pdf)
This asphalt trail is one of the most popular trails in the Washington metro area. A recent extension of the trail south to Beach Drive allows users to continue into the District of Columbia where the National Park Service closes Beach Drive to automobiles on weekends and holidays.

Activities

Hiking Hiking, Biking Biking and Rollerblading Rollerblading

Location

The Rock Creek Stream Valley. This linear trail extends from the DC line north to Rock Creek Regional Park, which is north of Rockville and west of Olney.

Trail length/surface

18.6 miles, asphalt surface.

Trail characteristics

Some hilly parts. Offers scenic views. The portion of the trail in Rock Creek Regional Park terminates at Lake Needwood where row boats, pedal boats and canoes can be rented in season.

Drinking water

Yes, at various parks along the trail.

Restrooms

Yes, at various points along the trail.

AccessibilityAccess and parking

See map. There are numerous parking lots along the trail. Most offer access to the trails.

Contact

Park Managers Office: 301-948-5053
SmartParks: 301-670-8080 for non-emergency & trail maintenance.

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Rock Creek Regional Park Trails

LAKE FRANK & MEADOWSIDE TRAILS | LAKE NEEDWOOD TRAILS

Lake Frank & Meadowside Trails
Description
Lake Frank & Meadowside Trails map (pdf )
There are 7 miles of natural surface hiking trails in this trail system. Meadowside Nature Center is a popular destination featuring exhibits oriented toward interpreting the natural and cultural histories of the area. Outdoor attractions include a pioneer homestead, a covered bridge, mill ruins and a raptor aviary.

Activities

Hiking Hiking, Biking Biking and Rollerblading Rollerblading

Location

Rock Creek Regional Park. The main park entrance to the western side of the park is located south of Muncaster Mill Road at Meadowside Lane. The 7 mile natural surface trail system features a shoreline trail at Lake Bernard Frank, trails to Sunfish Pond and Pioneer Study Pond as well as several miles of nature trails.

Trail length/surface

Trail Length/Surface: Most of the 7 miles of trails are natural surface, the only exception being a portion of the Lakeside Trail which is hard surface.

Trail characteristics

Hiking Only on natural surface trails. A portion of the Lakeside Trail is hard surface and biking is permitted here. Shoreline fishing and hiking are available at Lake Frank from sunrise to sunset

Drinking water

Yes, at Meadowside Nature Center

Restrooms

Yes, at Meadowside Nature Center

Accessibility Access and parking

See map. There are numerous parking lots and all offer access to the trails

Contact

Park Managers Office: 301-495.2525
SmartParks: 301-670-8080 for non-emergency & trail maintenance.

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Lake Needwood Trails
Description
Lake Needwood Trails map (pdf)
The Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail begins in this portion of Rock Creek Regional Park and extends southward for over 14 miles. A map of the Rock Creek Hiker Biker Trail is available on this web site. Natural surface trails follow the shoreline of Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park and also meander through adjoining forest. Rock Creek Regional Park offers many activities including boating on Lake Needwood, archery, picnic shelters and golf.

Activities

Hiking Hiking, Biking Biking and Rollerblading Rollerblading

Location

Rock Creek Regional Park. There are two entrances to the eastern portion of the park, one is south of Needwood Road at Beach Drive and the other is west of Avery Road on Needwood Lake Drive.

Trail length/surface

Natural surface trails total over 7 miles

Trail characteristics

Trails offer beautiful views of Lake Needwood but at the present time there is no way to walk around the lake due to the presence of Needwood Road at the northern end of the lake. At this time, the Gude Trail stops short of Gude Drive but there are plans to make the connection in the future.

Drinking water

Yes, near the picnic areas

Restrooms

Yes, near the picnic areas

Accessibility Access and parking

See map. There are numerous parking lots and all offer access to the trails

Contact

Park Manager's Office 301-948-5053
SmartParks: 301-670-8080 for non-emergency & trail maintenance.

Last update: February 27, 2014