Hiking Trails & Parks

Find the right hiking trail and park for you and your pet regardless of your experience level. These trails and parks are dog-friendly and will be an absolute treat to experience.

Damascus Recreational Park

Damascus Recreational Park

Damascus Recreational Park sits on 284 acres and has multiple outdoor athletic fields and courts for general recreation opportunities.

Address: 23723 Kings Valley Rd, Damascus, MD 20872

Rock Creek Regional Park

Rock Creek Regional Park

Experience nature and wildlife while hiking over 13 miles of scenic trails at the park. Natural surface trails cover the Lake Needwood and Lake Frank areas. The Rock Creek Hiker/Biker Trail, an asphalt surface, extends to the District of Columbia line.

Address: 6700 Needwood Rd, Derwood, MD 20855

Constitution Gardens Park

Constitution Gardens Park

Constitution Gardens celebrates the past, present and future of Gaithersburg with unique interactive play spaces that have been inspired by the cultural, economic and natural history of the area.

The park entrance welcomes visitors with a bubbling millstone fountain, gazebo, peony garden, an herb garden spiral walk, and swinging wooden benches.

Address: 112 Brookes Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Strider Wildlife Management Area

Strider Wildlife Management Area

Located adjacent to Seneca Creek State Park on Clopper Road near Gaithersburg, Strider WMA is part of an expansive greenway in Montgomery County that stretches from Damascus to the Potomac River. The 250-acre tract of mixed hardwoods and Virginia pine was dedicated to wildlife conservation in 1949. Its main recreational attraction is archery hunting for deer. Birdwatching and hiking are also popular activities on the area.

Location via Google Maps

McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area

Located on River Road in Western Montgomery County, McKee-Beshers WMA is a 2,000-acre tract in a mixture of woodlands, fields, wooded bottomland and managed wetland impoundments (green-tree reservoirs). The WMA shares a common boundary with the National Park Service Chesapeake and Ohio Canal to the south and borders Seneca Creek State Park, a 1,200-acre public hunting area, on the east.

Location: 16898-16500 River Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837

Lake Needwood Trails

Lake Needwood Trails

Natural surface trails follow the shoreline of Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park and also meander through adjoining forest. Rock Creek Regional Park offers many activities including boating on Lake Needwood, archery, picnic shelters and golf.

Entrance 1: Eastern Entrance (Needwood Road/Beach Drive)

Entrance 2: Western Entrance (Avery Road/Needwood Lake Drive)

Magruder Branch Stream Valley Trails

Magruder Branch Stream Valley Trails

The hard surface trail is made of both asphalt and boardwalk. As it follows the Magruder Branch stream valley, the 4.2-mile trail offers views of the surrounding upland forests and provides wonderful birding opportunities. The boardwalk sections of the trail span the stream and associated wetland areas.

Location via Google Maps

Muddy Branch Greenway Trail

The 9 miles of natural surface trail are accessible to most users, but they aren’tby any means. The trail traverses varied terrain and ecosystems including rocky upland forest, streambanks and meadows, passes by rich vernal pools, and earthen mill remnants. The trail passes The Potomac Horse Center on its way from Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg down to historic Blockhouse Point Conservation Park. A bridge now allows users to cross over to Pennyfield Lock and the C&O Canal.

Location: 15332 American Way, North Potomac, MD 20878

Seneca Creek Greenway Trail

This 7.8-mile natural surface trail offers views of the Great Seneca Creek, traverses beautiful upland woodlands, provides a spectacular overlook of the stream valley and includes a natural rock bridge near Watkins Mill Road. Historic points of interest include the former sites of Middlebrook Mills and the Watkins Mill. The mill race associated with Watkins Mill can still be seen.

Location: Darnestown Rd, Darnestown, MD 20874

Blockhouse Point Conservation Park & Trails

Blockhouse Point Conservation Park is an area rich in the natural and cultural history of the Potomac Valley. This approximately 630-acre park contains a variety of exceptional resources.

This park is one of our Best Natural Areas. Natural features include mature upland forest, floodplain forest, palustrine wetlands, streams, river-rock outcrops, at least nine species of threatened, endangered, or watchlist plants, a diversity of wildlife and grand views of the Potomac River and C&O Canal. The park encompasses historic Civil War ruins of national significance.

Address: 14750 River Road Darnestown, MD 20854

2019-06-29T13:18:10+00:00