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Valley Mill Special Park

Picnic Shelter at Valley Mill Special Park
Valley Mill Special Park
Playground at Valley Mill Special Park
Trail at Valley Mill Special Park
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Picnic Shelters
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Volleyball Courts

This park features a playground and a playfield, and you can rent the open shelter in the picnic area. M-NCPPC acquired the 15-acre park in several stages from the mid-1990s to 1980.

Valley Mill Group Picnic Area

Valley Mill Group Picnic Area is located on the stretch of Randolph Road that runs between New Hampshire Avenue and Colesville Road (Route 29).

To reserve a shelter, create an online account through ActiveMontgomery
Or you can call the Montgomery Parks Permit Office at 301-495-2525 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Facilities available

  • One picnic shelter
  • 15 picnic tables
  • One large and two small grills
  • Restrooms
  • Open lawn area with a backstop
  • One horseshoe pit
  • Volleyball area
  • Small playground
  • 89 parking spaces


Please read the rules below before using our picnic area. Violations of these rules will result in the immediate revocation of Permit, the forfeiture of your entire security deposit, and an automatic minimum service charge of $50. Park Police will be monitoring the use of this park. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • ONLY Beer and wine may be served and consumed. Beer must be dispensed from kegs or cans and wine must be served from 1 liter or larger containers in paper or plastic cups. Glass bottles are prohibited.
  • Group size cannot exceed 100 people.
  • No electrical outlets are available for this picnic area. Amplified sound, loud or excessive noise and live bands are not permitted.
  • The pool is not a part of the Group Picnic Area and is currently not available for public use.
  • Parking must be in the designated area for Valley Mill Group Picnic Area ONLY (not at Pilgram Hills, on the grass or on neighborhood streets). So we advise you to carpool.
  • No posting of signs in the surrounding neighborhoods or community

Visit our Conditions of Use for a full list of Group Picnic Rules and Regulations