Blue Mash Trail

Olney, Maryland

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The Blue Mash Trail is located on 545 acres at the closed Oaks Land?ll in northern Montgomery County. This hiking-only trail and a separate shared-use trail surround the capped land?ll in its buffer zone. Opened in 1982, the landfill stopped receiving waste in 1997 and was capped in 2001. Because of an agreement with area residents, the Department of Public Works and Transportation and Montgomery Parks constructed a network of compact soil trails to create a green space for local residents. The easy Blue Mash Trail is best enjoyed on a blue sky day during spring when you will likely see flowers, birds, and butterflies. This hike is on a wide, mostly grass-covered loop surrounding beautiful meadows and a large bioretention pond. The trail is not blazed but is marked at the intersections and turns with signs, making for easy navigation.
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)

The Blue Mash Trail is located on 545 acres at the closed Oaks Land?ll in northern Montgomery County. This hiking-only trail and a separate shared-use trail surround the capped land?ll in its buffer zone.

Opened in 1982, the landfill stopped receiving waste in 1997 and was capped in 2001. Because of an agreement with area residents, the Department of Public Works and Transportation and Montgomery Parks constructed a network of compact soil trails to create a green space for local residents. The easy Blue Mash Trail is best enjoyed on a blue sky day during spring when you will likely see flowers, birds, and butterflies. This hike is on a wide, mostly grass-covered loop surrounding beautiful meadows and a large bioretention pond. The trail is not blazed but is marked at the intersections and turns with signs, making for easy navigation.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Olney
Distance: 2.0
Elevation Gain: 535 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Blue Mash Trail
Local Maps: Available from the Montgomery Parks website
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Mash Trail

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