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Maryland Parks

A Guide to Parks in the Maryland Suburbs of Washington, DC


Maryland Parks

Black Hill Regional Park

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Maryland parks offer endless opportunities to enjoy recreational activities. Within a short distance from Washington, DC, visitors and residents can enjoy walking, picnicking, relaxing and participating in all kinds of sports activities. This guide to Maryland parks includes national, state, regional and large local parks arranged by county.

Montgomery County - Page 1

Frederick County - Page 2

Prince George's County - Page 3

Parks in Montgomery County, Maryland

Black Hill Regional Park
20030 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, Maryland.
This large regional park, located just north of Germantown, offers a variety of outdoor activities. Amenities include playgrounds, volleyball courts, a fitness course, hiking trails and a 505 acre lake. Rental rowboats, canoes, kayaks and the Osprey pontoon boat are available on Little Seneca Lake. At the Black Hill Visitor Center you can explore nature exhibits and participate in nature programs led by a park naturalist.

Cabin John Regional Park
7410 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, Maryland.
This huge park has lots of climbing structures, slides, mazes, play houses, swings, a Cinderella's pumpkin carriage, airplane, and cars to climb on. Other features include miniature train, snack bar, hiking trails, picnic areas, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, an ice skating rink, Locust Grove Nature Center and lighted athletic fields.

Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, Maryland.
Glen Echo Park is a national park with year-round activities in dance, theater, and the arts for the adults and children. The parkland and historic buildings provide a unique venue for concerts, demonstrations, workshops, and festivals. There is an antique Dentzel carousel, a puppet theater, a children’s theater and a nature museum. The grounds also have a playground and picnic area.

Little Bennett Regional Park
23701 Frederick Road Clarksburg, Maryland.
Just 30 miles north of Washington, DC, Little Bennett offers wooded campsites and miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. A variety of special events are held throughout the year including campfire programs, nature crafts, outdoor movies, Friday night dances and more.

Rock Creek Regional Park - Lake Needwood
15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Rockville, Maryland.
Lake Needwood is a part of Rock Creek Regional Park, which extends into Washington, DC. The 75-acre lake is a beautiful place to spend a day and visitors can rent rowboats, canoes, and pedal boats. Fishing is permitted. The park has a visitors center with a snack bar (open seasonally), picnic areas, hiking and bicycling trails, playgrounds, an archery range, and golf course. Meadowside Nature Center, also a part of Rock Creek Park, features a nature museum and hiking trails.

Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road Gaithersburg, Maryland.
The beautiful park has a lake, boating, fishing, hiking tails, a disc golf course, pavilions, and a creatively designed playground made with recycled tires. During the holiday season, this park hosts Winter Lights, a 3.5-mile Christmas light display.

South Germantown Recreational Park
14501 Schaeffer Road in Germantown, Maryland.
This is a 736-acre park with hiking trails, picnic facilities, an indoor sports complex, 22 soccer fields with a lighted stadium, baseball and softball fields, a playground, archery range, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, a splash playground, model boating lake, a tot lot, and an indoor aquatic center.

Sugarloaf Mountain
7901 Comus Rd. Dickerson, Maryland.
This small mountain with hiking trails and scenic views is a registered natural landmark. It is reasonably close to Washington, DC and offers three different trails.

Wheaton Regional Park
2000 Shorefield Road, Wheaton, Maryland.
This park has a tremendous amount of play equipment including climbing structures, swings, giant slides, a sand castle and much more. There is an old fashioned carousel and a train ride that goes through the park (only open in the summer). Other amenities include picnic areas, Brookside Nature Center, Brookside Gardens, a lake, ice rink, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, lighted ball fields, trails, and Wheaton Stables.

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