Montgomery Parks’ COVID-19 Information

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

Face coverings are recommended for:

  • unvaccinated people interacting with others in public spaces.
  • children and staff in schools, childcare programs and camps, including school settings and childcare settings. The updated American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines recommend wearing face coverings:
    • indoors when the unvaccinated person will be with those from outside their household (physical distancing also should be maintained);
    • outdoors when the unvaccinated person is in large group settings (physical distancing also should be maintained); and
    • during indoor and outdoor sports that require close contact, with some exceptions.

Our parks and trails are open sunrise to sunset. 

  • Parks, trails, fields, and sections of several parkways are open for exercise including walking, hiking, and biking from sunrise to sunset. 
  • Brookside Gardens, grounds are open sunrise-sunset, Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open daily 10 am to 4 pm, Conservatory is open daily 10 am to 2pm
  • Brookside Nature Center is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 pm.
  • Locust Grove Nature Center is open 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’ 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: July 23, 2021