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

The northwest trail is nice and well indicated. However the trail on the other side of the creek is more challenging. The blue markers are not consistent throughout the trails and sometime the grass is overgrown and it’s hard to know which way to go. Also you have to go over huge logs to cross the creek at several points. But overall still a pleasant walk near the water.

Except for the first part along a residential street and a couple of major road crossings it is very peaceful

Little crowded but nice and (mostly) out of the sun

Not moderate. Easy.

great trail located outside silver spring. very cool in the summer months. dog enjoys it. lots of small clubs to keep your heart pumping. we did a 3 mile lol and ended up by the dog park

I love this trail but it’s best during the week because the weekend can be too busy. Great for dogs, I have 2 and 99% of people with dogs on trail are dog friendly

road biking
3 months ago

I love this trail for some basic cycling!

This is a wonderful neighborhood trail. We walk our dogs on it several times a week. It’s accessible for all levels, and you’ll often spot a deer or two.

I love this trail for the creek that runs alongside it most of the way and that it's so close to home. It's secluded from the road so it's blissfully quiet and much less trafficked than the Matthew Henson trail. It's a packed dirt and gravel trail though, so some parts are a little rocky and it can be really muddy after a big rain storm. Wear bug spray!

on Sligo Creek Trail

5 months ago

A scenic, easy paved trail for the days you'd rather keep your feet dry. We saw chipmunks, a deer and a fox in close range. Not bad for a trail that sits between a busy road with noise traffic and a neighborhood you can see from parts of the trail. I may bike here with the kids next time, but look elsewhere for a more serene experience.

I love this trail. goes down to Martin Luther king pool. and up through a cow path to the ICC.

5 months ago

I enjoy this trail a lot because it is easy to walk on. it started walking this trail during my lunch breaks and it lead to walking the whole trail with a friend. We wanted to see other parts of the trail so we decided to start at the section by Randolph Road. We planned on walking for an hour and then back, but ended up walking the entire trail and back. It is great for people of all hiking abilities. The wildlife along parts of the trail is a bonus as well. I often see many deer, squirrels, and occasionally see some frogs.

5 months ago

Didn't love this trail - there were very few hills or anything that made it feel like a good workout. Views were nothing amazing either.

6 months ago

We loved the trail but it is not what i would concider a moderate hike. We were hoping for a bit of a challenge. It was a nice walk though!

7 months ago

Nice . Access was easy from Kemp Mill subdivision.
Quite. Lot’s of birds. Deer.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nice walk, relaxing. The entire path is paved, which is not our favorite—feels more like a stroll in a nice park than a hike. Fairly heavily trafficked. Probably wouldn’t go again but enjoyed the walk and outdoors enough for a nice day.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Nice shady paved light traveled

Sunday, September 24, 2017

If not comfortable parking on side of road, can park at nature center and then hike a 1/2 mile to trail.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Clean lightly traveled clearly marked and close to home

Sunday, August 06, 2017

I loved this trail. I couldn't find the trailhead, so I entered it through the Oak Ridge trail next to the Nature Center. I recommend bug spray for the ticks (or long pants if weather permits). I almost stepped on a snake on the path, so be mindful. Everyone with dogs had them off leashes. They were all well behaved and not a problem, but if you are taking your dog on the hike just be aware of this. No trash along the trail and it was mostly off the well-travelled, beaten trails. There is cell reception along the whole trail and the map on this app was actually was kept me from getting lost or adding hours to my hike. There are a lot of interwoven "unofficial", trails so it's easy to get off track.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I've lived in the area my whole life and NEVER knew of this trail! We started at Brookside Nature Center (take the Oak Ridge trail down to the trailhead for the NW Branch trail. Overall, VERY muddy, but light traffic and a lot of fun. From the nature center it's an 8.5 mile loop, but it's fairly easy. Due to narrow trails and lots of vegetation, recommend long pants to avoid ticks.

Side note: Lots of birds around! Saw some beautiful cardinals and a Great Blue Heron, too!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Great for an easy walk and bike ride!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A well-kept trail and wonderful park close to home. Gorgeous weather to explore! I hiked the intersecting trails: Tom's Trail, Arcola Trail, Deer Hollow Trail, Acorn Woods Trail, Pine Lake Trail, and checked out the Harper Homestead. next time I'll tackle the adjoining Northwest Branch Trail.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

In my opinion one of the best trails near DC. Flagged in blue. Sometimes it can be confusing because of the many branch trails, but you. It going to get lost, just may back track. It's pretty well kept. I suggest starting down at Burnt Mills and doing the 7.5 mile loop on heading north, walking in the east the west sides of the river. You can see the trail map here http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkTrails/trails_MAPS/trailmap_pdfs/NWbranch_trail.pdf

I well recommend it.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

very accessible

Monday, October 10, 2016

Good for biking- not so awesome for walking

Thursday, September 01, 2016

It's a nice walk. It's drops off and winds about a lot. Staying on the trail can be tricky at times. Bikers use this trial so beware of them riding up behind you.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pretty scenery with lots of interesting history. Not too challenging, at times there was a slight incline, but I got a good workout! Be sure to wear pants/bug spray. A lot of the trail goes through overgrown tall grass.

road biking
Saturday, May 28, 2016


Friday, February 19, 2016

I live in the area bordering the NW Branch Trail. Just need to point out to the folks at AllTrails that when I click this trail it actually shows the Paint Branch Trail on the map view. This should be corrected ASAP. I am a new member and do not know how.

The NW Branch Trail is within view of houses during most of the path. However, it is very serene and usually you can barely hear traffic noise unless you are near a junction with a major road like US 29. My friends and I have hiked from around Kemp Mill to the Beltway on several occasions. Our tradition is to stop at California Tortilla for lunch!

This hike is a lot of fun for both adults and children alike. There are also some geocaches hidden in this area!

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