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Rachel Carson Conservation Park Trails

Rachel Carson Conservation Park  Trails Map Locator Description

This park is one of the county's premier conservation areas and Best Natural Areas with 6+ miles of natural surface trails for hiking and equestrian use.

The park honors America's outstanding writer, environmental activist and County resident by conserving 650 acres in the Brookeville area of Montgomery County. Like other M-NCPPC conservation parks, Rachel Carson Conservation Park contains some of the best examples of park natural resources in Montgomery County, Maryland and remains undeveloped.

Rachel Carson Conservation Park Trails Map (pdf)

It is also the proposed northern terminus for the Rachel Carson Greenway Trail. Some educational interpretive signs (PDF, 2MB) relating to our County's environmental, historical and cultural heritage have been installed along the existing trail corridor.

NOTE: Unless labelled otherwise on the map, trails marked “Natural Surface” and “Hard Surface” are "Shared by All" trails which includes hikers, bikers and equestrians. Additional information about permitted uses of Park trails is available on our Trail User Information page.


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22201 Zion Road, Brookeville MD

Trail length/surface

6+ miles natural surface trails

Trail characteristics

The Park is densely populated by numerous species of wildlife, high quality forest and features spectacular rock out-cropping throughout the park. The Hawlings River passes through the park, providing fish opportunities to park visitors

Drinking water




Access and parking

A substantial parking lot at the Zion Rd. entrance enables easy parking for vehicles, and horse trailers.


SmartParks: 301.670.8080 for non-emergency & trail maintenance.

last update: October 7, 2015