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Wheaton Regional Park Trails

Wheaton Regional Park Trails Locator Map Closures

NOTICE: Brookside Gardens will begin renovations to the Gude Garden in late May 2013. During renovations, the Gude Garden lawn, Japanese Tea House, Reflection Terrace, the Labyrinth, and lower service road - a portion of the Heart Smart Trail will be closed. Work will include, stabilizing and dredging the ponds, and repairing the dams to improve water quality. The turtles and fish will be temporarily relocated to another pond. Renovations will last for approximately 8 months. Posted 5-29-13


Wheaton Regional Park Trail map (pdf)
Wheaton Regional Park, the first regional park in the Park system, offers both natural surface and hard surface trails. A 4-mile network of hard-surface trails traverse the southern portion of the park. The natural- surface trail network includes bridle trails and nature trails oriented to Brookside Nature Center and the horse Stables on Glenallen Ave.

HeartSmart Trail at Brookside Gardens
This is a hard surface, level path that winds throughout the 50-acre garden. Bronze medallions embedded in the path every 1/10 of a mile help walkers track the distance they travel. The trail begins at the rear of the Visitors Center off of Glenallan Avenue. Brookside Gardens Heart Smart trail map (pdf) - more about HeartSmart Trails.

NOTE: 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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There are 3 main entrances to the Park shown on the park map.

Trail length/surface

Over 4 miles of hard surface trail (asphalt and compacted stone) and about 5 miles of natural surface trails.

Trail characteristics

From Wheaton Regional, connection can be made to the Sligo Creek Hiker Biker Trail but users must cross Arcola Avenue, a very busy street with no traffic light. Natural-surface trail users can access the Northwest Branch trail system by crossing Kemp Mill Road.

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Access and parking

Parking lots available at all entrances. Hard surface trails between Carousel and dog park have rolling inclines. The hard surface trail east of the dog park has fairly steep inclines.


Park Managers Office: 301-680-5376.

Date of last update: March 31, 2015