Wheaton Regional Park – Pine Lake Trail

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Project Description

This project upgrades/renovates an existing 0.65-mile stretch of hard surface trail/gravel service road through Wheaton Regional Park to a 10’ wide asphalt hiker-biker trail that meets park construction standards and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The project will provide one continuous trail from the parking lot near the Dog Park and Wheaton Indoor Pavilion across Pine Lake dam up to the Shorefield Parking Lot near the Adventure Playground.  The trail renovation will follow the existing alignment as closely as possible to minimize impacts to natural resources.  An 800’ parallel loop of the gravel service road is proposed for removal and reforestation as part of this project for environmental restoration.


Wheaton Regional Park was established in 1960 and today encompasses 536 acres.  The park provides a variety of recreational and educational amenities, including 11 miles of hiker, biker, and equestrian trails.

The existing gravel service road/trail runs between the two parking lots and is approximately 2400’ long.  An 8’ wide asphalt path approximately 1,350’ long parallels a portion of this route between Pine Lake and the Shorefield Parking Lot.  This 8’ wide path was added later to provide a longer, flatter route because the gravel service road is excessively steep in sections and experiences erosion during rain storms.

Status/Project Update

The project construction is currently out for bid.

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.

Spring 2012 Preliminary engineering and design initiated
November 1, 2012
7pm – 9pm
Community Meeting to present project concept and gather community input
– View meeting presentation here.
Brookside Gardens Visitor Center
1800 Glenallen Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20902
November 2012 – Spring 2015 Design phase
Fall 2015 Currently out for bid
Winter/Spring 2016 Projected construction start date


M-NCPPC Staff Contact


Bob Kane, Construction Manager

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Last Updated: February 15, 2017