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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Park Police - Trail Safety Tips

Needwood Westside Trail

Your safety is Our Concern 

To contact Park Police, call 301-949-8010. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Trail Safety Tips

  • Always let someone know where you are going or travel with a friend.
  • Wear reflective material.
  • Don’t leave valuable items in plain view inside of your car, carry only what you need.
  • Trust your instincts. Don’t walk where you feel uncomfortable.
  • Park in well-lit, heavily traveled areas if possible.
  • Ride and walk on the right. Pass on the left.
  • Use a bell or loud voice when announce passing.
  • No more than two walkers or riders abreast on the trail.
  • Riders yield to pedestrians.
  • Earbuds in both ears are discouraged so you can hear any warnings.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Carry a fully-charged cellphone.
  • Carry identification.
  • Wear visible clothing.
  • Ride with a light at dusk or dark.

The following trail safety tips can help you have a safe, enjoyable experience on Montgomery Parks’ trails.