Rock Creek Trail Signage


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Project Description

The Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail is a fourteen mile hard surface trail that is located in the Rock Creek Stream Valley Park.  The hard surface trail system extends from Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park south to the District of Columbia line.

  • Part 1 includes development of Signage Plans for improving the trail signage along the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail in Montgomery County and adjacent neighborhood trail connectors leading to the main trail.
  • Part 2 includes development of a Trail Signage Design Manual that will be used as a standard for future hard surface trail signage improvement projects in the Montgomery Parks Hard Surface Trail System.  The Trail Signage Manual will feature the Rock Creek Trail Signage Plans, which will serve as a benchmark standard for future trail signage projects.


This project was initiated in response to public comments and concerns regarding inadequate signage along the Rock Creek Trail and other hard surface trails within the park system.

Status/Project Update

The design portion of the Rock Creek Trail Signage Project is currently 100% complete. Community comments on the proposed signage types were received during the month of September 2013 prior to briefing the Montgomery County Planning Board on the status of the project on October 24, 2013. New signage is planned to be installed along the Rock Creek Trail during late Summer 2015.

Signage Types

The following signage types will be installed along the Rock Creek Trail and the neighborhood hard surface trail connectors leading to the main trail.  These signs are intended to improve general navigation and safety along the trail.

  • Trail Gateway Signs
  • Trail Identification Signs
  • Trail Navigation Signs
  • Roadway Crossing Signage
  • Trail Etiquette Signs
  • Trail Warning Signs
  • Trail Regulatory Signs
  • Mileage Markers (every ½ mile)

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Links to review meeting notes and Planning Board memos will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.

Fall 2012
Project initiated
November 2012
Trail workshop with stakeholders and user groups
Parkside Headquarters
9500 Brunett Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901
April 2013
Presentation to trails working group
Parkside Headquarters
9500 Brunett Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Summer 2013
Design 50% complete
September 1-30, 2013
Community Comment period for proposed signage standards
October 24, 2013
Planning Board briefing
– View the Planning Board report
– View the Planning Board presentation

Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

April 2014 Design 90% complete
May 2015 Design 100% complete
July 2015
Sign installation begins
Lake Needwood/Rock Creek Regional Park Trailhead
October 2015 Sign installation complete

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Lucas Bonney, Project Manager

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Last Updated: August 9, 2016