Old Pond Trail and Clopper Lake Loop Trail

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Old Pond Trail and Clopper Lake Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gaithersburg, 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.

5.4 miles
360 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


Located in central Montgomery County, MD. Directions from south or east: Take I-270 North from the Capital Beltway. Take exit 10, Clopper Road (Rte 117 W). The park entrance is about 2 miles on the left. The entrance is clearly marked. Directions from north and west: Take I-270 South from Fredrick, MD. Take exit 15, Germantown Road (Rte 118 W). Travel 2 miles then take a left onto Clopper Road (Rte 117 E). Travel about 2.5 miles. Park entrance is on the right. Use the park map to select a parking spot and trailhead.

1 month ago

Trail was beautiful. Early part was more secluded. recommend pants if you don’t like grass brushing you. We wore shorts and were fine though. When we went (summer) some of the old pond trail was not completely cleared.

The lake is beautiful and as a result can get crowded.

7 months ago

Beautiful views of the "frozen" lake. It was very cold, but still a great New Year's Day hike.

11 months ago

Parked at playground area. Bathroom was clean (enough). Dirty toilets are a deal breaker for me. Nice easy hike, decent views of lake with some really beautiful little inlet pond areas that were surprisingly free of mosquitoes. Lots of company on trail that day-- families with little kids, seniors, pets, mountain biking. No areas too steep or tricky but still managed to strain my ankle a bit. Amateur hikers like me should invest in real hiking shoes not just sneakers. I prefer shorter more intense hikes than longer easier ones. Not sure it's worth the $3 entrance fee when Black Hill Regional is free but it's another good option.

11 months ago

excellent trail

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Nice hike once you are on the trail located in the park.

Nice scenery by the lake. Also, the trail had pleasant ups and downs in elevation.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Just a really great trail and 4 minutes from our house - wish we found it earlier

Monday, July 03, 2017

Great, easy hike. Beautiful lake views. Lots of shade. Perfect for a hot day!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

A beautiful hike around the lake. Easy beginner hike and great for dogs! Note: it's $3/person for MD residents and $5/person for all others to drive into the park but there is a small parking lot before the ranger gate you can park in and walk into the park for free!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Good one!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

$3 per person to get in but the lake is beautiful and peaceful. Great spots for hammocking off the main trails next to the water.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Would definitely come back for a picnic-not a fan of the power lines. It was a good exercise regardless!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Great trail!!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

length and view of lake were nice but this trail is heavily worn, felt like we had to look down the entire time so we wouldn't trip on the tons of roots showing through.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

my dog loves this trail and so do I!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Outside of the little trash on the ground, it's a very good walk

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Nice trail. Well traveled. Shady, mostly flat with nice scenery. Disappointing amount of trash on the trail hence the 3 stars.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Peaceful and quite. Some gorgeous spots - take in the scenery. Mostly shaded and well travelled trails with wide clearings. You can veer off the blue and at time stay very close to the shore.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

I use to run this trail and it is peaceful and beautiful.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Great trail around the lake! Dogs loved it, as did I!

Monday, May 16, 2016


Friday, May 13, 2016

Could be cleaned up a bit, some inclines, but nice views and some shots of the creek- great trail overall highly recommend.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Nice trail could use a few more markers

trail running
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nice and a beaut

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Rating should be increased from Easy to Hard. Trails need to be cleaned a little, but very nice nonetheless.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

hiking and photography

trail running
Thursday, March 17, 2016

It's a fantastic spot nice quiet and well maintained one of my favorite places to run

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Great spring hike. Well worn trail. Lots of birds, heron, woodpeckers. Would definitely do it again.

Monday, February 08, 2016

It was a nice and easy hike around the lake

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Long and mild

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Great hike with the dog and views of the lake.

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