Montgomery Parks’ COVID-19 Information

Montgomery Parks facilities are operating in accordance with Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Orders.

Effective Tuesday, Feb. 22, Montgomery County no longer requires masks or face coverings indoors.


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.
  • Montgomery Parks’ Permit Office (301-495-2525 or ParkPermits.org) is currently offering reservations, rentals, and permits.

Outdoor campfire ring rentals are available in several locations; please visit MontgomeryParks.org/campfire-ring-rentals for more information.


Montgomery Parks’ Open Roadways Initiative 

Open Parkways Spring/Summer Schedule: 
Open to pedestrians and cyclists from Fridays at 9 a.m. through Sundays at 6 p.m.

  •  Sligo Creek Parkway   
    •  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)   

 Open to pedestrians and cyclists from Saturdays at 7 a.m. through Sundays at 6 p.m.

  •  Little Falls Parkway from River Road to Arlington Road (1 mile)  

Our Customer Service office hours are Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm. As a reminder, the contact info is 301-495-2595 & Info@MontgomeryParks.org. Park patrons with questions can email the Public Information Customer Service office at info@montgomeryparks.org or submit your question/concern online at www.MontgomeryParks.org/Customer.


Montgomery Parks’ COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Weekend Parkway Closures

Montgomery Parks’ Open Roadways Initiative(opens in a new tab)

Portions of our parkways are closed to vehicular traffic and open to pedestrians and bicyclists for specific hours listed below. The open parkways include: 

Open Parkways Winter Schedule: 
Open to pedestrians and cyclists from Fridays at 9 a.m. through Sundays at 4 p.m.

  •  Sligo Creek Parkway
    •  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)

Open to pedestrians and cyclists from Saturdays at 7 a.m. through Sundays at 4 p.m.

  •  Little Falls Parkway from River Road to Arlington Road (1 mile)

Sligo Creek Parkway adheres to our normal park and trail hours of sunrise to sunset. 

See our release about Parkway Closures for more information.

Are the Montgomery Parks’ athletic fields open?
Montgomery Parks athletic fields are open for play.

An athletic field permit is required for organized sports programs/activities.

Capital Crescent Trail Info

The Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) is one of the most used trails in Montgomery County.  For better social distancing, we advise residents to consider alternative trails or plan your activity during off-peak hours, like early or later in the day.  

When using the CCT, or any trail, do not walk, run or bike in groups. Instead, move in single file. Side by side groups impede social distancing. Warn other trail users as you pass. Signal your presence with your voice, bell, or horn. 

How long will these new road closures be in effect?

Until further notice. We continue to assess the pedestrian traffic, input from the public and local leaders, and follow guidance from federal, state, and local health officials to ensure the safety of all our park patrons.

See our Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Parks’ Road Closures post for more information.

Accessibility & COVID-19

If you plan on taking part in a Montgomery Parks program and require accommodation(s) please contact our Program Access & Inclusion Services team for more information and assistance.

Phone: 301-495-2581
MD Relay: 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724
Email: ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org