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Paint Branch Stream Valley Park Trail

Paint Branch  Trail Map LocatorDescription

This is naturally shaded trail extends for 3 miles between Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park (off Jackson Road) and Fairland Road.

Located just south the of Upper Paint Branch Best Natural Areas, the trail features views of Paint Branch stream and passes the historic Valley Mill and the former site of Snowden Mill. These mills are among the oldest in the County, dating back to the 1700's.

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.


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West of Rt. 29 and south of Fairland Road in the eastern part of the County.

Trail length/surface

Paint Branch Trail is hard surface and 3 miles. Another 3 miles of hard surface trails crisscross Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Trail characteristics

Easy to follow, gentle grades. A trail underpass provides a safe crossing beneath Randolph Road, but trail users should exercise caution during and after heavy rains as the trail might become temporarily impassable.

Drinking water

Yes, at Martin Luther King Recreational Park.


Yes, at Martin Luther King Recreational Park.

Access and parking

Ample parking is available in Martin Luther King Park off Jackson Road and parking is also available north and south of East Randolph Road.


Park Managers Office: 301.622.1193
SmartParks: 301.670.8080 for non-emergency & trail maintenance.

Last update: December 2, 2015