Montgomery Parks’ COVID-19 Information

Updated April 27: Montgomery Parks amenities are open in accordance with Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Orders.

Be Smart. Do Your Part.

Our parks and trails are open sunrise to sunset. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission urges our residents and visitors to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Persons leaving their residences shall wear a face covering when they are likely to come into contact with another person, such as being within six feet of another person for more than a fleeting time;
Clean your hands before and after use of park amenities. Park visitors are encouraged to bring their own wipes and hand sanitizer.

  • Parks, trails, fields, and sections of several parkways are open for exercise including walking, hiking, and biking from sunrise to sunset. 
  • Brookside Nature Center will open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 pm, beginning Saturday, May 1.  
  • Locust Grove Nature Center will open May 1, with a Naturalist on Duty, restroom access, and outdoor programs Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 pm.  The Program Room and indoor exhibits will remain closed until fall.  The Nature Exploration Area will open as a new outdoor exhibit this summer. 
  • Montgomery Parks’ Nature on Wheels mobile field station will be out in the community to assist with the City Nature Challenge on Friday, April 30, 3:00-8:00 pm at Acorn Local Park, Saturday, May 1, 10:00 am-4:00 pm atRachel Carson Conservation Park, and Sunday, May 2, 10:00 am-4:00 pm at Arora Hills Local Park.
  • Montgomery Parks’ Permit Office (301-495-2525 or is currently offering reservations, rentals, and permits for: 

Park Facilities:
The following Montgomery Parks facilities have increased visitor capacity from 25% to 50%:

Outdoor campfire ring rentals are available in several locations; please visit for more information.

Montgomery Parks’ Open Roadways Initiative 

Portions of our parkways are closed to vehicular traffic and open to pedestrians and bicyclists for specific hours listed below. The open parkways includes:  

  • Sligo Creek ParkwayFriday mornings at 9 am through Sunday at 4 pm: 
    • Old Carroll Avenue to Piney Branch Road (1.1 miles) 
    • Forest Glen Road to University Boulevard West (1.5 miles) 
  • Beach Drive from Connecticut Avenue to Knowles Avenue (2.7 miles) on Friday mornings at 9 am through Sunday at 4 pm 
  • Little Falls Parkway from River Road to Arlington Road (1 mile), Saturdays at 7 am through Sundays at 6 pm 

Our Customer Service office hours are Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm. As a reminder, the contact info is 301-495-2595 & Park patrons with questions can email the Public Information Customer Service office at or submit your question/concern online at

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Last Updated: April 29, 2021