Lake Needwood

Rockville, Maryland

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In the Washington, DC, region, there are two parks named Rock Creek. Rock Creek National Park is in the District of Columbia and has been owned and operated by the National Park Service since 1890. Rock Creek Regional Park is in Montgomery County and is owned and operated by Montgomery Parks. Both parks are buffer zones for Rock Creek and provide ample recreational opportunities for area residents: biking, hiking, fishing, picnicking, kayaking, canoeing, golfing, and horseback riding. Both parks also have nature centers, which provide educational opportunities for families. Lake Needwood offers 7 miles of trails around its 75-acre dammed lake. This 2.2-mile hike along the west side of Lake Needwood loops through upland forests. The trails are blue-blazed, and every trail inter- section is clearly marked with signed posts.
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)

In the Washington, DC, region, there are two parks named Rock Creek. Rock Creek National Park is in the District of Columbia and has been owned and operated by the National Park Service since 1890. Rock Creek Regional Park is in Montgomery County and is owned and operated by Montgomery Parks. Both parks are buffer zones for Rock Creek and provide ample recreational opportunities for area residents: biking, hiking, fishing, picnicking, kayaking, canoeing, golfing, and horseback riding.

Both parks also have nature centers, which provide educational opportunities for families. Lake Needwood offers 7 miles of trails around its 75-acre dammed lake. This 2.2-mile hike along the west side of Lake Needwood loops through upland forests. The trails are blue-blazed, and every trail inter-
section is clearly marked with signed posts.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Rockville
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: 449 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Rock Creek Regional Park
Local Maps: Available on Montgomery Parks website
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Needwood

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