Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Rock Creek Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Only downside is pavement on southeast side. Other than that, ideal trail running conditions.

6 days ago

Perfect evening hike. Well marked trail around a pretty man made lake. Nothing difficult or exciting, but good for a quick hike or for beginners.

10 days ago

Visually blah. Maybe a good place to run.

16 days ago

It is local and really really fun to do by yourself or with a group of people.

no shade
24 days ago

Nice hike. Clean. Well marked. The stepping stone bridge was covered with too much water so I had circle to get back to my starting point. 3.3 miles become 4.8 miles but that’s not too bad.

2 months ago

Took us under an hour on 1-27. Nice views of Lake Needwood. Needed to consult the app regarding directions.

2 months ago

Took us under an hour on 1-27. No obvious turnaround point on the Gude out-and-back section.

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).

Easy one. No hard ways and there are barbecue spots and kayaks in the lake.

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

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

9 months ago

One of my favorites for a run. Also great for walking dogs. Lots of deer at dusk

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Very easy hike with about a quarter of the loop paved.

The trail is closed. They had a “detour” so we thought that eventually we would get to the trail but they are renovating pretty much the whole thing. You walk through the city and basically walk a mile out of the way to not not see anything. Would have rather driven to the park /spring and parked in the residential area to check out other trails in the park. I wish there was a notice that the trail was actually CLOSED and not put up the detour sign.

Loved this hike. Varied terrain and views. Forest, lake, creek, boulders, damn, some paved areas. Views up high of the lake and the trail takes you beside it as well.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Great hike especially with dogs! Can’t wait to go back when it’s warmer!

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Well, we followed the lane markers and had a very enjoyable hike until we ended up on Muncaster Mill Road. The last bit was on Muncaster Mill Road which was not a pleasant experience. There must be a better way, but do not follow the blue path unless you want to wind up on a busy road with a very small shoulder.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Easy/moderate trail with elevation change

Thursday, August 10, 2017

very crowded and always near roads.

Navigating all of the different trails was difficult at first, but it was beautiful and not too much uphill.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful afternoon walk. Kids enjoyed running, walking and we stopped by the stream to get our toes wet. Very refreshing!!

awesome place to take the family.

Monday, October 24, 2016

It was a nice, quiet, scenic walk. The trails are well blazed. The trail varies from a natural dirt trail to a paved trail. Not rough on dog's paws, no boots needed. We stayed on the trail, which was an easy hike, but there were a lot of places to go off trail if someone is looking for a slightly more difficult hike. Due to high algae levels, water access was not permitted (though the lake & river still look beautiful).


Thursday, June 23, 2016

We hiked this trail with our 5 kids (ages 1-9) and our whole family enjoyed it. The kids loved crossing over the water where lakeside trail and muncaster intercepted on the north side of the park. It was only knee high deep that they were able to play in the water there. We were able to hike the trail with our double bob....it wasn't easy but if you're up for the challenge it's definitely doable! We will be back :)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

I consider this my home hiking area. Have done it to many times to count due to ease of access to it. Walking briskly you can do the loop in about an hour. There is one stream crossing that has to be done to complete the loop. it is a decent hike considering you are in the middle of a very suburban area.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Lake Frank is a gem in this area. The one thing to use caution with is that this lake has on several occasions been infested with microcystin. On these occasions it is heavily posted with signs indicating the dangerous conditions. If you are simply here to hike, however you will always be fine.

The trail(s) here are beautiful and well maintained. If you are doing the full trail system most of it is quite secluded in that on less busy days you might not run into many people at all. I come here to do a lot of solo walks when I want to clear my head. Occasionally when you are closer to the Muncaster Mill side or the north side of the lake there may be some teenaged troublemakers. But they shouldn't be TOO much of a nuisance most of the time.

M-NCPPC does a really good job with this trail system. There is also a nature center in this area that is excellent for nature education. My school used to bring me here on field trips and it was always a blast. None of the trails here are super difficult and thus are really good for kids and adults alike. However, there are some steeper sections on the Avery Road side that would not be good for people with injuries or disabling conditions.

The scenery is beautiful. During the fall this is my go-to place for fall color photography if I can't make it down to Skyline Drive. You will NOT be disappointed with this parkland.

Just know that on very nice days it can get quite crowded. All dogs should be on a leash. Park Police and their volunteers (I am one of them) patrol here frequently.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Nice joke around the lake side trail loop, it now fairly well marked. I was disappointed that a good section of the trail is along a road or paved walkway.

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