Civic Center Croyden Creek Loop

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Civic Center Park

Civic Center Croyden Creek Loop is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rockville, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 255 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching





Near the start of the hike is an overlook which is very nice. Wildlife is abundant including many species of birds. Cross over the bridge on the right and follow the signs to the Woodland Trail which makes a loop. Then continue on the Heritage Trail crossing over a couple of bridges and back to the nature center. Great hike with kids and visit the nature center. Also the mansion grounds are nice.

17 days ago

Part was too narrow for covid 19 times and part was too close to street and the traffic was annoying. But, overall a good spot to check out.

29 days ago

excelente lugar!!!

Pretty straightforward combination of the white blazed loop and yellow blazed loop. one part i got a little confused at was when the yellow loop opened up into a field, just keep going straight and you’ll see blazes at the other side of it!

Great trail- diverse scenery to entertain kids. Well maintained trail with good markers. Not too crowded, especially in social distancing.

Very natural trail, more than I expected. Close to a major road so there is some road noise. Well marked with white or orange blazes.

8 months ago

Horribly marked trail that is too difficult to navigate as it is very natural trail. It also has arrows that point in all directions. Never again!

9 months ago

11 months ago

Greta for training runs. A few loops pretty hard to get lost. Follow the white tree marks

Tue Apr 09 2019

I throughly enjoyed the trail. I even came across some wildlife. Trail is well marked and makes for a nice laid back hike your canine friends will enjoy.

Sun Oct 14 2018

Ok for a local park.

Sat Apr 28 2018

Great trail for getting back to hiking 4.5 months after knee surgery. Not difficult but not too easy. Went on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and only crossed paths with 3 other people.

Sun Nov 12 2017

Great trail. fairly easy for something marked moderate. Gorgeous nature center!!!

Sun Jul 16 2017

Returned to do this course I visited a few days ago, now by hiking. In finding the trail, I discovered a better parking location for starting out. It is past the tennis courts at the Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Rd, Rockville, MD 20851. The trail is about 95% single track, and my goal was to finish the hike at 3.5 mph average speed or better. It is a good idea to do a one-time practice walk through if you are planning to trail run, because this is a multi-loop course that has numerous branching paths and trails that can easily divert you from the main trail. This was a hike for me, so going off course was not a big deal so long as I maintained my average hiking speed. However, making off-course branching mistakes extended my distance and time in hiking. I did some practice running at target pace for about 3/4 mile to gauge the terrain, and to maintain my average hiking pace at 3.5 mph -- which was slipping down a bit due to picture taking and going off course. This a nice, easy hike with a few rocky points. I took plenty of pics; view them to observe course terrain. Also look at my recorded track to see confusing branch points that caused me to do one of the loops twice. Beware of unmarked branch points. This is a solid 4-5 star trail.

Mon Sep 12 2016

Nice, suburban park area, with a fun nature center.

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