Trails Planning and Implementation

Division: Park Planning and Stewardship
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Trails in Progress | Trail Planning | Contact Us

We are always working to improve and develop our Park trails to provide an interconnected countywide trail system of natural surface and paved trails. This page contains information on current construction and planning projects.

Trail Projects in Progress

Natural Surface Trails

Trail Closure Scheduled In The Powerline Trail

A section of the Powerline Trail will be inaccessible to the public. Starting Monday, May 18, 2020, the section of the Powerline Trail between Black Rock Road and Shaeffer Road will be closed to trail users.  The project will be installing a culvert pipe at the intersection.

The work schedule will need the area to be closed to the public the following dates:

  • May 18-22
  • May 26 – June 26
  • July 8-22

Trail users should seek alternate paths and use caution around the work area.

Hiking-Only Trails Renovation Project – Little Bennett Regional Park 

As part of the Little Bennett Regional Master Plan, Montgomery Parks is renovating all the hiking-only trails (Antler Ridge, Beaver Valley, Bennett Ridge, Big Oak, Little Oak, Owl Ridge, Stoneybrook, Whitetail, Wilson Mill, and Woodcock Hollow) starting in January 2020. The project will improve trail surface and drainage conditions. The project anticipates completion in Winter 2021. All trails will remain open during renovation work.

Cabin John Trail Renovation Project – Cabin John Stream Valley Park Units 1 & 2

As part of the implementation of the Countywide Park Trails Plan, Montgomery Parks will be renovating an eroding section of the Cabin John Trail in Spring 2020. The project will relocate the trail out of the flood plain and away from eroding slopes to increase safety, improve trail surface conditions, and provide a more sustainable trail alignment. Construction will start in May with a completion date in Summer 2020. The new trail will be a multi-use, accessible to hikers and bikers, consistent with the rest of the Cabin John Trail. The existing section of the Cabin John Trail will remain open during the construction. The project will eventually close-off the old trail once the new section is complete.

New Natural Surface Trail Construction Project – Upper Paint Branch Stream Valley Park

As part of the Upper Paint Branch Limited Trail Plan, Montgomery Parks will begin implementing Phase II of the plan by constructing new multi-use natural surface trails in early Summer 2020. These new trails will provide access for residents to enjoy Upper Paint Branch Stream Valley Parks. The project anticipates completion in Winter 2021.

Paved Trails

Capital Crescent Trail Crossing at Little Falls Parkway
This project addresses safety concerns at this crossing location. Click on the link for more project details.

 Trail Planning

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Trail Plans In Progress

Existing Trail Plans


Last Updated: May 15, 2020