Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

trail running
24 days 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
5 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
8 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
8 months ago

trail running
8 months ago

mountain biking
8 months ago

trail running
8 months ago

mountain biking
9 months ago

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

Quiet and lovely, but the northeast corner of the trail in the woods wss not as well marked. Still a great trail, though, a good beginner hike!

mountain biking
9 months ago

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

Mostly a boring trail, with some confusion along the way.

Highlights include a small pond, some wildflowers, and some deer.

Lowlights include a closed landfill, miles of fences and No Trespassing signs, and an uncertain path.

Don't bother. There are better trails elsewhere.

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
11 months ago

very moderate trail

$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!

walking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

My wife and I took our pup here. Great little walk for those that aren't looking for rough terrain. I wish it was a bit longer, but we checked out the Rachel Carson Nature Preserv afterwards to get a little extra in. That was also a well-kept, quiet getaway.

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

walking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This park has two entrances. I first parked and walked the Zion Road entrance. This is an easy flat trail that is maintained as a grass mown path through mostly meadow type terrain. I recall two gully type crossings.
The second entrance is along Route 108 and is primarily for horses. With no notice the loop is closed at the far end so you have to backtrack or follow the horse trail to the Zion Road entrance.
The Zion Road is the best choice for a quiet nature walk. Lots of birds & deer
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/blue-mash-trails/

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

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