AN AREA RICH IN RURAL HISTORY

Named for Colonel James Alexander Boyd, a Scottish immigrant who built a railroad station in 1873, Boyds still has commuter rail service (primarily to Washington, D.C.) provided by the MARC system. And with popular scenic attractions such as Black Hill Regional Park, Little Seneca Lake, and Hoyles Mill Conservation Park—the area is seeing rapid growth in large home developments.

A diverse, rural community

20 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.

Home to Maryland SoccerPlex and Discovery Center

Popular outdoor canoeing and hiking destination


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Maryland SoccerPlex & Discovery Sports Center

In 2000, the Maryland SoccerPlex opened with 19 full-sized irrigated soccer fields. The fields are organized in clusters with parking and comfort stations. One of the attractions of the complex is the Championship Stadium that sits in a natural bowl with a paved lit plaza surrounding it. The field drains an average of eight inches of water an hour, with seating for 4,000 spectators. Musco lighting is broadcast quality, and the field has Kwik Goal Pro Premier World Competition Goals.

The Discovery Sports Center is a 46,000 square foot arena that houses room for basketball, volleyball, and many other sports indoors throughout the winter months. Visitors can also enjoy its café and locker rooms.

Boyds’ Negro School

Aquired by the Boyds Historical Society, the Boyds Negro School is a one-room 22 x 30 foot wooden building that served as the only public school for African Americans in the area from 1895-1936. Heated by a wood stove, the schoolhouse served students in grades 1-8, many of whom walked for miles to attend classes at the school. After the purchase of the property in 1980, the school was restored by BHS to its original condition, complete with furnishings and literature about African-American education in Montgomery County.

Parks and Recreation

Black Hill Regional Park has more than 2,000 acres of land for outdoor recreation and family gatherings. Come enjoy spectacular views of Little Seneca Lake from the many picnic shelters, volleyball courts, playgrounds, and trails. Or, rent a canoe, kayak, or rowboat from Black Hill Boats and explore the natural beauty of the lake by following the Black Hill Water Trail.

Located in northwestern Montgomery County, the Hoyles Mill Trail travels south from Black Hill Regional Park through Hoyles Mill Conservation Park—one of the County’s best natural environments—to South Germantown Recreation Park and then Seneca Creek State Park.

More great reasons:

  • 68% of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher

  • 51% of household income is more than $150,000

  • Easy access to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, including three major airports

Seneca Lake is ideal for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, bird watching, turtle watching, or just plain relaxing. Check it out and enjoy the view!

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As one of the County’s most historical areas, Boyds is the perfect setting for companies who like peace and tranquility. Click below to learn more.