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Horseback riding is welcomed only on designated natural surface trails in the parks listed below.  Visitors to trails are responsible for following Park Rules and Regulations.

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Agricultural History Farm Park

18410 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855
301-948-0501

There are 4.7 miles of natural surface trails throughout the Farm Park and fields.  Horse trailer parking is available.

Directions:  From I-270 take Exit 8 and merge onto Shady Grove Road.  Follow Shady Grove Road from 3 miles and turn right onto Muncaster Mill Road/MD 115.  Make a left onto Muncaster Road and continue to the park entrance.  

Black Hill Regional Park

20930 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841
301-670-8080

Over ten miles of unpaved trails allow riders to explore the natural areas of the park with views of Little Seneca Lake.  Horse trailers should be parked in the overflow parking by the boat ramp.

Directions:  From I-270 take Exit 15A for MD 118 North/Germantown Road.  From Germantown Road, turn left onto MD 355North/Frederick Road.  Turn left onto West Old Baltimore Road, then turn left onto Lake Ridge Road.  Make a right onto Black Hill Road to the boat ramp parking area. 

Blockhouse Point Conservation Park

14750 River Road
Darnestown, MD 20874
301-670-8080

Trails go through mature forest, wetlands and streams in areas with diverse wildlife and views of the Potomac River.  Parking for horse trailers is available at the main park entrance on River Road.

Directions:  From I-495 take Exit 36 for MD 187 North.  Turn left onto Democracy Blvd. and continue for approximately 4 miles; Democracy Blvd. will become South Glen Road.  Shortly after it becomes South Glen Road, turn left onto Norton Road.  Next make a right turn onto River Road/MD 190, and continue to 14750 River Road. 

Blue Mash Trail

MD 108 / Olney Laytonsville Road
Laytonsville, MD

Blue Mash Trail has 3.75 miles of shared use natural trails for equestrians, cyclists  and hikers, going through fields and forests.  Parking for horse trailers is at the entrance at MD 108.

Directions:  From I-495 take Exit 31-A for MD 97/Georgia Ave. North.  Follow Georgia Ave. for approximately 10 miles and turn left onto MD 108/Olney Laytonsville Road.  Parking is available on the right side of the road, shortly after the intersection of Olney Laytonsville Road and Fieldcrest Road.

Little Bennett Regional Park

23701 Frederick Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
301-972-6501

More than 20 miles of trails meander through the natural areas of Little Bennett Regional Park, which include designated horseback riding trails.  Riders can enjoy wooded scenery, wildlife and the historic remains of the area’s 19th century farms and small-scale industries.  Parking is available.   

Directions:  From I-270 take Exit 18 to Boyds/Clarksburg and take a right onto MD 121/Clarksburg Road.  Turn left onto MD 355/Frederick Rd and continue to the Little Bennett Park entrance.

Northwest Branch Valley Stream Park

Access to trail via Kemp Mill Estates Park
120 Claybrook Drive
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-625-7207

Approximately 5 miles of natural surface trails run along the western side of the Northwest Branch river edge for horseback riding.  Parking and trail access is available at the Kemp Mill Estates Park. 

Directions to Kemp Mill Estates Park:  From I-495 take Exit 29A toward Wheaton onto MD 193 West/University Blvd.  Turn right onto Arcola Ave., then turn right again onto Lamberton Dr.  Make another right onto Clayrook Drive and end at the park at 120 Claybrook Drive.

Rachel Carson Conservation Park

22201 Zion Road
Brookeville, MD 20833
301-670-8080

One of the county’s premier conservation areas, this park has more than 6 miles of natural surface trails for equestrian and hiker use.  The 650 acre area has beautiful forests, spectacular rock outcropping and abundant wildlife.  Parking is available at the Zion Road entrance.

Directions:  From I-495 take Exit 28A for MD 650/New Hampshire Ave. North.  Turn left onto Norwood Road, and staying straight, go onto Dr. Bird Road/MD 182.  Turn left onto Olney Sandy Spring Road/MD 108. going West.  Turn right onto Zion Road.

Underground Railroad Experience Trail

Begins at Woodlawn Manor
16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
301-774-6253

The 2 mile natural surface trail commemorates the involvement of Montgomery County residents in Underground Railroad and celebrates the Quaker heritage and traditions of the Sandy Spring area.  The trail goes through the property of Woodlawn Manor and includes several significant sites including the 300 year old Champion White Ash Tree.  Parking is available at Woodlawn Manor.

Directions:  From 1-495 take Exit 28A for New Hampshire Ave/MD 650 North and continue for 6 miles.  Turn left onto Norwood Road and the entrance to Woodlawn Manor within 2 miles. 

Wheaton Regional Park

Wheaton Regional Park Riding Stables
1101 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902

The park includes 5 miles of natural surface trails and bridle paths, which connect to the Northwest Branch Trail system.  Parking is available at all entrances but it is recommended that riders park near the riding stables.

Directions:  From the I-495, take Exit 29A for MD Route 193/University Blvd. West.  Follow Route 193 for 2miles and turn right onto Arcola Ave.  From Arcola Ave., make a right turn onto Kemp Mill Road, and continue for 1 ½ miles.  Turn left onto Glenallen Ave.

Woodstock Equestrian Park

(West)
20100 Darnestown Road
Beallsville, MD 20839
301-444-3121

(East)
20207 Darnestown Road
Beallsville, MD 20839

This 825 acre park is a public-private partnership between The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Woodstock Equestrian Park Foundation. Currently there 15 miles of equestrian and hiker trails available for public use, and future plans for further development of the site for equestrian activities include outdoor rings, small paddocks, a grass jump field and a schooling ring.

Date of last update: December 16, 2010