Here are a few of the many outdoor activities available in Montgomery County:
Montgomery County is home to two world-class zip line courses.
Go Ape in Rock Creek Regional Park in Rockville is home to 6 zip lines, numerous rope ladders, 44 crossings to include the Stirrups and Twister, 2 tarzan swings and America’s first skateboard zip line. More than just a canopy tour, there are 6 individual sections within the course, each section taking you higher into the forest canopy and finishing with a zip line more exciting than the previous one! Location: 6129 Needwood Lake Dr, Rockville, MD 20855
The Adventure Park in Sandy Spring consists of 13 different courses varying in degree of difficulty. Each trail has zip lines but primarily consist of “bridges” between tree platforms made of rope, cable and wood configurations creating over 190 unique challenges. You will develop skills, endurance, and confidence during your time in the Park. Location: 16701 Norwood Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Explore these popular hiking trails
Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson, MD is open to the public for hiking, rock climbing, and sightseeing. Sugarloaf offers three well-marked hiking trails: a 2.5 mile, 5 mile or a 7 mile loop. A popular trail is the Blue Northern Peak Trail loop. The Blue Trail Loop is a 5.5 mile loop trail that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing & walking and is accessible year-round. Location: 7901 Comus Road, Dickerson, MD 20842
Hike the local favorite Billy Goat Trail. A 4.7 mile hiking trail that follows the path between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River within the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park near Great Falls in Montgomery County, Maryland. The entire Billy Goat Trail is made up of 3 separate sections A, B, & C, that start and finish on the C&O Canal. The 7.8 mile circuit we have mapped here follows the rock-hopping section A, the more casual hike on section B, with a return back to the Great Falls parking area using the Berma Rd. Trail and Overlook Trail.
Enjoy a bike ride
Take a bike ride in different areas of the county with Capital Bikeshare. You can take as many trips as you’d like during your membership period (membership cost for 24 hours is $8). The first 30 minutes of each trip are free! Click here for more information.
The C&O Canal is a U.S. National Historical Park home to 184.5 miles of towpath that runs parallel along the northern banks of the Potomac River with numerous trails ideal for biking and hiking. The park is also popular amongst Washingtonians and other visitors for running, biking, fishing, boating and kayaking.
On the southern banks of the Potomac River is the Capital Crescent Trail. It is an 11 mile biker-hiker trail running from west Silver Spring to Georgetown DC. The trail was formerly used as the Georgetown Branch rail line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg is comprised of 6,300 acres that extend along 14 scenic miles of Seneca Creek, as it winds its way to the picturesque Potomac River. The 16.5-mile Seneca Creek Greenway Trail follows the entire course of the river.
Rent a kayak, canoe or rowboat
Experience Little Seneca, the beautiful 505-acre lake as well as the wildlife that make the lake their home. The park, comprised of 6,300 acres, extends along 14 scenic miles of Seneca Creek, as it winds its way to the Potomac River. This area contains many scenic areas, including the 90-acre Clopper Lake, surrounded by forests and fields.
Visitors to Rock Creek Regional Park can enjoy the beautiful 75-acre Lake Needwood in rental kayaks, rowboats, canoes or pedal boats, or on a tour of the lake aboard the Needwood Queen during the summer season.