Explore the most popular forest trails near Gaithersburg with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views all around. Great place if you want to just go for a hike on your own or take the entire family. Two big fields for dogs to run in if you want to take your dog. There was a place where you could rent a row/paddle boat if you so wished. There were a lot of people fishing and a lot more spaces for it than were being used. Overall a very versatile location. However, if you don't like running into child day camps I wouldn't recommend doing this one while school is out.

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.

trail running
3 months ago

Very nice trail!

Great trail to see pileated woodpeckers and eastern blue birds. Trail connects North Potomac at highway 28 with the Potomac River at Pennyfield lock on the C&O tow path. Mostly green space, with no major road crossings. Few hikers, bikers and horses all share this greatly enjoyable trail.

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

trail running
8 months ago

Lakeshore Trail: A great loop that offers shade cover, views, wildlife, and a variety manageable but challenging inclines/declines. I have it mapped at 3.6 miles. - Marty

hiking
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.

trail running
11 months ago

trail running
11 months ago

mountain biking
11 months ago

trail running
11 months ago

mountain biking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Doesn't get much better than this in MoCo

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.

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

mountain biking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

A fun trail, that's right in my backyard.

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

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!

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

very moderate trail

Good one!

$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.

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

hiking
Monday, January 30, 2017

Great trail!!

When I go into the woods I want to just see woods. I prefer not to see houses and backyard. Also there was an unfortunate amount t of trash on the trail.

hiking
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.

my dog loves this trail and so do I!

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

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I've hiked the section from 355 to Watkins Mill Road several times (in both directions). There is a scenic overlook about 2 miles from 355 that's really fantastic in Winter, and quite pretty in summer. About 1/2 mile before you get to Watkins Mill Road, there's a gigantic boulder that goes over the stream and forms an interesting natural bridge. This trail gets a lot of use, so look out for bikes, runners and dogs.

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

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.

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