Lake Frank

Rockville, Maryland

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From its source in northern Montgomery County, Rock Creek journeys 33 miles to end at the Potomac River in the District of Columbia. In 1890 the federal government designated some land around the creek as a national park. This park extended its arm from Georgetown to the district’s border with Silver Spring, where it becomes Rock Creek Regional Park. The latter was established in the 1930s to provide green space for local residents. The 54-acre lake controls flood waters, reduces the sediment load in Rock Creek, and provides a peaceful place for people and a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. Swimming, boating, and ice skating are prohibited on the lake, but fishing is allowed with a permit. The area around Lake Frank has 8 miles of trails, which includes a 3.25-mile trail that circumnavigates the lake.
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)

From its source in northern Montgomery County, Rock Creek journeys 33 miles to end at the Potomac River in the District of Columbia. In 1890 the federal government designated some land around the creek as a national park. This park extended its arm from Georgetown to the district’s border with Silver Spring, where it becomes Rock Creek Regional Park. The latter was established in the 1930s to provide green space for local residents.

The 54-acre lake controls flood waters, reduces the sediment load in Rock Creek, and provides a peaceful place for people and a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. Swimming, boating, and ice skating are prohibited on the lake, but fishing is allowed with a permit. The area around Lake Frank has 8 miles of trails, which includes a 3.25-mile trail that circumnavigates the lake.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Rockville
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 423 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 Frank

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