Lake Ridge Trail

Rock Creek Regional Park, Maryland

Elevation Gain62ft
Trailhead Elevation428ft
Elevation Min/Max390/428ft
Elevation Start/End428/428ft

Lake Ridge Trail

Lake Ridge Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Redland, Maryland. It is within Rock Creek Regional Park. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 428 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 62 feet. This trail connects with the following: Blue Heron Trail.

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Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jennifer Chambers
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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." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC (Menasha Ridge Press)
Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper
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"Lake Needwood trails consist of woods and open fields with near-constant views of the man-made, recreational lake fed by Washington’s Rock Creek. This popular park offers a scenic shoreline trail in protected parkland nestled in the heart of suburban Maryland. Lake Needwood is a 75-acre lake surrounded by parkland where visitors can rent rowboats, canoes, and paddleboats. The covered pavilion and snack bar also rents pontoon boats and picnic areas. People also come here to fish (you need a license) or play golf. The Rock Creek Hiker/Biker Trail begins at Lake Needwood and extends 14.5 miles into Washington, D.C. Go Ape Treetop Adventure has a few climbing platforms and zip lines (for ages 10 and older) built within the park. You are likely to see geese, chipmunks, squirrels, and deer." Read more

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Trail Information

Rock Creek Regional Park
Nearby City
Rock Creek Regional Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Boating, Golf/Disc Golf, Fishing
Additional Use
Lake Needwood boathouse, 301-563-7540; Montgomery County Department of Parks and Recreation, 301-670-8080,
Local Contacts
Montgomery Parks,
Local Maps

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Dec 2018