Lakeside and Muncaster Mill Trail

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Lakeside and Muncaster Mill Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Derwood, Maryland that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles
239 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching



partially paved

wild flowers


Scenic Lake and Stream, Easy Hike The trail follows the shoreline of the lake for the most part. From the parking lot, locate a trail to the left of the nature center. It starts right by the information sign, where you may be able to pick up a trail map of all trails in the park. Follow the short trail down the hill to the stream bed and turn right on the Sleepy Hollow trail. Follow this trail along the stream and after it leaves the stream, turn left on the Big Pines trail. Follow this a short distance to the Lakeside trail. Follow the lakeside trail until in meets an asphalt trail. Turn left and cross the dam. Follow the asphalt until in comes into and old parking area. Tranverse this to a unused road at the far end. Follow the road, bearing left, where another road runs off to the right. The road will end at another old parking a and the dirt trail picks up at the back. Follow the trail until you see the stream crossing with a sign for the nature center. Cross and return to start.

trail running
2 days ago

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

3 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.

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.

5 months ago

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).

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

Monday, March 26, 2018

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.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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

Sunday, April 02, 2017

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


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 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.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Great hike.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Nice stream, quiet, and definitely a repeat

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Beautiful walk on paved path

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