Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this Groundhog Day and predicts six more weeks of winter! Here are 5 outdoor activities in Montgomery County that you can enjoy this winter.
1. C&O Canal
During the winter months, visitors may enjoy snowshoeing, sledding, cross-country skiing, and hiking at the C&O Canal. The C&O Canal has 184.5 miles of towpath for visitors to enjoy during the winter. When the canal is covered in snow, it offers a beautiful winter landscape for hikers and cross-country skiers. Ice skating and sledding are not permitted in the widewater area of the park. In other areas of the park, ice skating and sledding are permitted at your own risk. In most watered areas of the park, the canal ranges in depth from 6 feet to 15 feet and the canal maintains a constant flow of water beneath the ice. Please use extreme caution.
Enjoy some classic outdoor ice skating at Montgomery County’s ice rinks in Downtown Silver Spring and Rockville Town Square. Although weather dependent, please note, hours and prices are subject to change.
The mountain is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. During your hike, you might run into white tailed deer, they are abundant on and around the mountain. Other mammals include flying squirrel, red fox, eastern cottontail and raccoon. The forest birds include the great horned owl, pileated woodpecker, wild turkey and red shouldered hawk.
This 2.0 mile trail is natural surface and includes interpretive sign markers keyed to the trail map that may be downloaded from this site. Trail stops include Woodlawn Manor and the Stone Barn and the Sandy Spring itself. One half-mile north of the spring is a 300 year-old Champion White Ash tree.
5. Sledding at Strathmore
Snow days are best spent sledding at the hill at Strathmore Music Center!