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Wheaton Regional Park

Miniature train at Wheaton Regional Park

Wheaton, MD 20902
Park Manager:301-905-3045
Tips for Visiting

Hours: Sunrise to sunset, year round.
Please Note: Operational hours of other facilities based within the park will vary; please check listings for each facility.
Shorefield Area - Glenallan Area - Orebaugh Area
Park Map and Directions


Trail Work On The Northwest Branch Trail Scheduled
Trail work, just south of Wheaton Regional Park at Kemp Mill Road and Glen Allen Avenue, to replace a bridge connecting the Northwest Branch Trail to the Rachel Carson Greenway Trail is in progress. Trail users should exercise caution around work zone as the area is stabilized for a new bridge to be installed.  Work is scheduled to continue through early summer 2016. 

Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan Update
Attention Wheaton Regional Park fans! Montgomery Parks is in the process of updating the Master Plan for this park. Be sure to tell us what you think! Public input is encouraged throughout the planning process.tell us what you think image


Wheaton Regional Park is nestled in a forested area of Wheaton, Maryland. The park was established in 1960, incorporating several large parcels of land into one of Montgomery County’s finest and largest parks. Visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational and educational opportunities within its 536 acres. Take a ride on the train, go horseback riding, have a picnic, go fishing, ice skate or play ball. Relax and tour Brookside Gardens' grounds and conservatory, attend a nature program, or traverse the trails and discover the park’s beauty.

Please note there are three separate entrances into Wheaton Regional Park. These are clearly marked on the park map. The park amenities below have been organized by the appropriate entrance to make access easier. Click on any of the links below for more information. Many of our facilities accommodate people with disabilities. The miniature train and adventure playground are designed with unique equipment to assist those with mobility challenges. Brookside Nature Center, Brookside Gardens, picnic areas, and restrooms are also accessible.

Shorefield Area (Turn onto Shorefield Road from Georgia Avenue)

Glenallan Area (Turn onto Glenallan Avenue from Kemp Mill Road or Randolph Road)

Orebaugh Area (Turn onto Orebaugh Avenue from Arcola Avenue)

Important Phone Numbers
Tips for Visiting
Park Map and Directions

Shorefield Area

People at a Wheaton Picnic AreaGroup picnic at one of the Wheaton Park 8 shelters.

Shorefield Picnic Areas
Picnic tables and cooking grills are available throughout the Shorefield Area. Picnic shelters accommodating up to 40 people are available by permit only. Call the Park Permit Office for fee information and availability. Restrooms and drinking fountains are operational from April to October.

Adventure Playground
The new Adventure Playground at Wheaton Regional Park is now open! At this unique playground kids will enjoy the thrill of sliding down small, medium and large slides again and again. Perhaps they'll dare to conquer the climbing mound, climbing nets or climbing wall to become king - or queen - of the hill. We're sure many kids will opt to take flight on swings and gymnastic equipment, and that tots will enjoy a dedicated area filled with concrete animals and a sandbox perfect for exploration. The playground promises to be so much fun that we wish adults could enjoy it too! A grand opening event for the Adventure Playground will be planned for the spring. For now let the playground games begin!

Miniature Train and Historic Carousel
All aboard! Climb on board a replica of an 1863 C. P. Huntington engine and passenger cars for a scenic tour through park woods and meadows, or enjoy an enchanting ride on the Herschell Spillman Company 1915 turn-of-the century musical carousel complete with 33 jumping horses, three zebras and two chariots. The train and carousel operate weekends only in April and September and daily from May through August.

Pine Lake
The shores of five-acre Pine Lake offer several beautiful spots for fishing, picnicking, or just relaxing. The lake is stocked with several species of fish. Anglers must comply with the Maryland state fishing regulations.

Our park provides 11 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, ranging from a flat paved Heart Smart trail to natural surface trails that weave through the forest and around the lake. Four miles of hard-surface trails meander through the forest for walkers, children in strollers, people using wheelchairs, skaters, and bicyclists. Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Find trail maps and additional information.

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Glenallan Area

Brookside Gardens Walking around Brookside plants and gardens.

Brookside Gardens
Brookside Gardens is a 50-acre, award-winning horticultural display garden that includes an indoor conservatory complemented by changing displays of new and interesting plants and gardens. Educational programs for children and adults are offered. Please note that picnicking and dog walking are not permitted in the Gardens. Seasonal programs include the Wings of Fancy live butterfly exhibit and the Garden of Lights Show. Brookside Gardens is available for rent for social and corporate events. Visit their website for more information.
Please Note: Picnicking and dog walking are not permitted in the Gardens. For more information please visit the Brookside Gardens Etiquette page.

Brookside Nature Center
Brookside Nature Center provides fun and educational naturalist-led experiences and maintains exhibits interpreting local natural history. The Harper 1870s Cabin. wildlife viewing areas, self-guided trail, wheelchair accessible interpretive boardwalk, and native gardens add to the center’s uniqueness. Programs are available year round for families and individuals of all ages. Special field trip and group programs are also available. Call the Nature Center or visit the website for programming opportunities and special events.
Hours of operation: Tuesdays - Saturdays: 9am - 5pm. Sundays: 1pm - 5pm. Closed on Mondays and all major holidays. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

Horseback RidingEnjoy a horseback trail ride at the Park.

Horseback Riding Stables
Enjoy an escorted trail ride, learn a new sport or enhance your riding skills at the Wheaton Park Stables. Riding lessons for novice through advanced levels are available in the indoor riding arena or in the outdoor facility. The Stables also offer children’s summer camps, boarding, and guided trail rides through the park’s natural surface bridle paths. Contact the Stables at 301-622-2424 for schedules, fees and more information or visit their website.

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Orebaugh Area

F. Frank Rubini Athletic Complex
Enjoy a variety of outdoor sports at Wheaton Regional Park’s F. Frank Rubini Athletic Complex.
Four softball fields and two baseball fields are provided for day and evening use. Permits must be obtained from the Park Permit Office to use the ball fields. The outdoor basketball court and four handball courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tennis Facilities (Indoor & Outdoor)
Six outdoor tennis courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are lighted for day and evening use. The air-conditioned and heated Wheaton Indoor Tennis is open year-round and offers an additional six courts that require reservations. This indoor facility offers group and private lessons, recreational clinics, restringing services, a pro shop, changing rooms, and showers. Party rentals are available on select Saturday nights. For information and availability call 301-649-4049 or visit their website.

Ice Arena
The athletic complex also features the Wheaton Ice Arena. Open year-round, the arena offers an assortment of programs and services including lessons and rental time. Sessions are available for the general public, and rental skates are available.

Wheaton Sports Pavilion is just down the hill from Wheaton Ice Arena. It began life as the original Wheaton Skating Rink, and has been completely renovated to serve as a covered field available to rent for soccer, lacrosse and futsal games, and birthday parties. Get more information on their webpage here.

Dog Park
Montgomery Parks opened its first dog park at Wheaton Regional Park in January 2003. Located just past the new Wheaton Sports Pavilion, this half-acre dog park is enclosed with a 6-foot chain link fence, allowing dogs to run and exercise off-leash. The facility is open for use sunrise to sunset. Please remember that all dogs should be on a leash before entering and exiting the park. There is no fee to use Montgomery Dog Parks and dog permits are not required.

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Important Phone Numbers

Park Police


Fire and Rescue EMERGENCY


Park Information Line


Park Permits Office (Silver Spring)


Accessibility Information




Park Manager's Office (Shorefield Area)


Train and Carousel (Shorefield Area)


Brookside Gardens (Glenallan Area)


Brookside Nature Center (Glenallan Area)


Horse Stables (Glenallan Area)


Ballfields (Orebaugh Area)


Wheaton Indoor Tennis (Orebaugh Area)


Wheaton Ice Arena (Orebaugh Area)


Wheaton Sports Pavilion (Orebaugh Area) 301-905-3070

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Tips for Visiting

Wheaton Regional Park parking regulations are strictly enforced.

  • Park in designated areas only.
  • No alcoholic beverages permitted.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash.
    Please Note: Brookside Gardens only allows service dogs.
  • Buses require parking permits and are not allowed in the park on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays.
  • Please read the Brookside Gardens etiquette page before visiting the facility.

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Park Map and Directions

Printable Wheaton Regional Park Map (pdf, 2MB)
Wheaton Regional Park Map (pdf, 669KB)
Wheaton Regional Park Brochure(pdf, 367KB)

Door-to-door directions to this location
Bus route to our park (pdf, 61KB)

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Date of last update: March 10, 2014