Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Montgomery Parks boasts more than 260 miles of trails
Our trails are used for active and passive recreation and exploring. We encourage you to practice trail safety at all times as you enjoy the trails. Use the Montgomery Parks Trailheads with Parking Map to find a trail near you.
- Natural Surface Trails – Natural surface trails are typically narrow (2-4 feet wide) dirt trails. Types of uses associated with these trails are hiking, horseback riding, and all-terrain biking. Unless noted otherwise on the trail map, natural surface trails are “shared by all”.
- Hard Surface Trails – Hard surface trails may include asphalt paths but they may also be any firm and stable surface capable of supporting casual walkers and cyclists.
Please note that some of the PDF Maps linked below do not meet ADA standards. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working to make our documents more accessible. Thank you for your understanding.
If there has been recent inclement weather please make sure you check our Trails Operation Status RainoutLine. Heavy rains can create hazardous conditions on trails and adversely impact the integrity of park trails. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Trails are shared recreation amenities and are accessed by a variety of users at the same time. Please be courteous to all users, and remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way.
- Use caution or avoid trails during rain, high winds, and other inclement weather.
- Avoid natural surface trails for 24 hours after a rain event.
- Cyclists are encouraged to wear helmets.
- STOP at stop signs, they indicate dangerous cross-car traffic.
- E-bikes and e-scooters are permitted on hard surface trails (see Parks Directive) except where prohibited and should adhere to posted trail speed limits and operate at a reasonable speed.
- Remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way. All trail users should stay to the right on the trail. Bicyclists approaching pedestrians should make an advanced noise using voice, bell or horn, and should pull off the trail when stopping to avoid possible accidents.
- Pets should be kept on a short leash, and owners must clean up after their pets.
- Bicyclists must keep a safe, reasonable speed and adhere to trail speed limits. Adjust speed to trail congestion and surface conditions.
- Trails are available for use from sunrise to sunset each day unless noted otherwise.
- Respect, communication, and courtesy go a long way in helping everyone enjoy the trail safely.
- Never use the trails alone and always let someone know where you are going.
- Wear reflective material and carry a whistle or noisemaker.
- Be very observant of your surroundings and of other people. Avoid areas where visibility is poor and don’t wear headsets.
- Carry personal identification and a cell phone if possible.
- Park in well-lit, heavily traveled areas if possible.
- Don’t leave valuable items in plain view inside of your car. Leave them at home or lock them in your trunk prior to arriving at your destination.
- When you approach your car, have your key ready and check the floor and the back seats before you get in.
- Program the Park Police number 301-949-8010 into your cell phone before you leave. In the event of an emergency, call 911.