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Muddy Branch Greenway Trail

Muddy Branch Greenway Trail Locator

Description

The 9 miles of Montgomery County’s newest multi-use natural surface trail are accessible to most users, but they aren’t flat or boring by any means. The trail traverses varied terrain and ecosystems including rocky upland forest, streambanks and meadows, and passes by rich vernal pools, earthen mill remnants and the Potomac Horse Center and on its way from Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg down to historic Blockhouse Point Conservation Park. A brand new bridge now allows users to cross over to Pennyfield Lock and the C&O Canal.

If you’re interested in helping maintain this trail, please contact our Volunteer Office.

Unless noted 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.

Muddy Branch Greenway Trail Map (805KB., PDF)

Activities

Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding

Location

In Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park and Blockhouse Conservation Park, between MD 28 and the C&O Canal.

Trail length/surface

9 miles one way

Trail characteristics

Gently rolling, but hilly and steep in sections; includes several crossing of steep drainages currently awaiting bridges. Road crossings are currently unmarked, for the most part. Path is blazed with blue markers on trees

Drinking water

No

Restrooms

No

Access and parking

Large parking lot with at Blockhouse Point Conservation Park entrance on River Road. Parking and trail access is also available at the Potomac Horse Center on Quince Orchard Rd.

Contact

SmartParks: 301.670.8080 for non-emergency & trail maintenance. Park Manager 301-972-6581

Last update: December 17, 2014