Locust Grove Nature Center

Bethesda, Maryland

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One of four Montgomery County nature centers, the Locust Grove Nature Center is in the southwestern part of the county in Cabin John Regional Park. This park offers residents playing fields, playgrounds, an indoor ice skating rink, tennis courts, a children’s train, a nature center, and paved and compact soil trails. At the southern end of the park on Democracy Boulevard, the nature center offers a wonderland of exploration opportunities: a wildlife observation deck, a butterfly naturalist garden, an indoor oak tree exhibit, live animals (such as resident corn and black snakes), and the outdoor natural playground. Before enjoying the natural playground, take this 1.4-mile hike through a meadow, among tall tulip poplars, and along the Cabin John Stream. Before reaching the center entrance, turn right and head up the steps on the Upland Meadow Trail, marked by a trail post. To the left of the trail are the natural playground and the butterfly garden.
Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond

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Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond

by Jennifer Chambers (The Mountaineers Books)

One of four Montgomery County nature centers, the Locust Grove Nature Center is in the southwestern part of the county in Cabin John Regional Park. This park offers residents playing fields, playgrounds, an indoor ice skating rink, tennis courts, a children’s train, a nature center, and paved and compact soil trails.

At the southern end of the park on Democracy Boulevard, the nature center offers a wonderland of exploration opportunities: a wildlife observation deck, a butterfly naturalist garden, an indoor oak tree exhibit, live animals (such as resident corn and black snakes), and the outdoor natural playground. Before enjoying the natural playground, take this 1.4-mile hike through a meadow, among tall tulip poplars, and along the Cabin John Stream. Before reaching the center entrance, turn right and head up the steps on the Upland Meadow Trail, marked by a trail post. To the left of the trail are the natural playground and the butterfly garden.

© 2014 Jennifer Chambers /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Bethesda
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 312 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Swimming
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Cabin John Regional Park
Local Maps: Available outside the nature center or on Montgomery Parks website
Driving Directions: Directions to Locust Grove Nature Center

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