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Fun trail. Little muddy, but not terribly. Passed a couple groups of bikes, maybe eight bikes in total. Trail itself was maybe moderate difficult, at most, but definitely wouldn’t give it a difficult rating. Would hike it again for sure. Seems like a great tubing or swimming spot in the summer!

Beautiful walking trail in Montgomery County with tons of history! Today was pretty cold and muddy. The trail took us about 1 hr 15 minutes at a leisurely pace. We passed only one other person. The trail marking was not as bad as we expected based on previous reviews, but could be improved in a few areas.

Great trail! Muddy but not too bad

Very muddy but a good trail for kids.

Super fun

One of my favorite walks to do in the area. It’s a pretty trail and nice not having to pay the entrance fee at great falls.

I agree with all the reviews here. I both love this place and am disgusted by the way folks (particularly in the summer months) treat what has been set aside as a “nature preserve.” If you get the chance to enjoy the beauty and solitude of this natural escape by the Potomac, and feel strongly about protecting it, please contact Riverbend Nature Center about participating in Scotts Run clean ups or collect trash when you can and report any illegal activity. And if you get a chance to hike to the river overlooks watch out for my father’s memorial bench along the trail (the one with a river view when the leaves fall), have a seat and enjoy the woods!

somewhat muddy. decent trail system

Nice little loop with a section that has great river views. Went during the fall and most of the trail is wooded, so I really enjoyed the hike. Mostly flat, but some rocky hill sections near the river. Parking is limited during peak times.

Relatively flat and well marked path. Nice views of the water and the falls. Started a little crowded around 9/9:30. Took us about an hour with our dog.

Nice quick easy trail to get some fresh air close to home.

hiking
1 month ago

Happy Halloween. - It's 70 degrees outside and the Fall Colors are popping at Centennial Lake. - With the weather being so nice the park was super crowded with Hiker, Walker, Runners and tons of Dogs. With the puppies, we added a few of the earthen dirt trail but basically the entire park has blacktop paved trails. This was the first time we brought our two Beagles here. - They Loved It. - Being a senior, I get into ALL Federal and State Parks free. - A.A. County Parks is a different story. They charge seniors 5 dollars and others 6. ** Howard County Parks are FREE. **

Great to walk with the family. Paved, plenty of shade, and lots of good water views. Also a nice playground to stop along the way.

Nice quiet trail easily accessible from Rockville. For an alternate starting point, turn off Norbeck onto Avery Rd. There's a little parking lot labeled Lake Bernard Frank. The trail entry is at the end of the lot. You can stay straight on the path to the dam and circle the lake counter clockwise, or take the left turn off the path as you're going downhill and go clockwise (my preferred direction).

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail for people who like a good workout with subtle challenge

Beautiful and calm. Good place to stay away from city side and relax in woods.

Very beautiful musuem and trail . This trail is not well marked - it is located behind a horse farm on the underground railroad museum property. There is a small sign with a hiking man. I Took my daughter (8years old) and our dog. Not too difficult. Beautiful Creek and spring. Some spots are a little over grown- so be careful of postion ivy . Overall pleasant.

Area is nice. Trails are marked but not well kept. Lots of different trails around the park and a nice visitor center. Also has a nature center but didn’t get a chance to check it out.

walking
2 months ago

Nice cement trail around a beautiful lake. Lots of activities for all ages...definitely gonna be frequenter at the park.

Had to use map to stay on trail and lots of mosquitos near the river. But a nice hike nonetheless.

nice views of the river for about 40% of trail. didn't see what made it hard other than it was difficult to find some turns.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is moderately trafficked and has tons of dog poop all over it. The trail itself is not challenging enough to be classified as moderate. Very disappointed, would not recommend.

Try to stay away from the lower parts of the path near the river as they are very overgrown and hard to follow. Otherwise, pretty good trail IF you have this app or know your way around. Paths are not well marked.
Update: 2 days after the hike our dog got some type of bite or infection from the tall grass. Definitely not worth the hike. Advise to stay out of the grassy area!

A easy trail for walking

Easy trail - mind your step as it can get a bit rocky and muddy in some areas. This trail will take you from Great Falls Park up to Riverbend Park and back. Bug spray is a plus in the summer months when the mosquito are in full force.

Had an enjoyable 4ish mile hike around the Lakeside trial. There are several spots where the trail signs are not terribly well marked. The trail itself is pretty but mixed: earthen trail, gravel, asphalt and even a section of abandoned parking lot and road. A few bicyclists and occasionally other hikers. We had a very pleasant hike with our 2 dogs. There is a ford across a steam to get to the trail at one point, which required a scramble up an embankment on the other side involving exposed roots and a bit of mud. Still, it's a pretty hike and quiet in the deeper woods. Highly recommended and will do this again in the fall

This trail really should be an out and back instead of what is being shown on this website. I'd recommend picking up a trail map at the visitor center before getting started as there are various points on the trail that are marked that have little blurbs about them on the map.

The trail is very nicely maintained and for the most part well marked if you do the out and back. I wouldn't recommend trying to follow the trail map on this site. It will take you into a field where there isn't really a marked path.

The trail is not well marked.

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