Explore our Abundant and Beautiful Great Outdoors
Outdoor enthusiasts have plenty to choose from in Montgomery County. Enjoy the great outdoors. Support an active lifestyle. All this and more is part of Montgomery County, with more than 30,000 acres of parkland, including a national park, state park and nine regional parks. For biking, hiking, roller blading, or walking, there is a path to beauty in our county.
acres of parkland
public & private golf courses
soccer fields at the Maryland SoccerPlex
Montgomery County is awash in beautiful parks, hiking and biking trails and outdoor amenities galore. The Montgomery County Parks Department maintains over 400 parks offering a range of recreational opportunities, including Brookside Gardens, an award-winning 50-acre public display garden. With a Butterfly Garden, Children’s Garden, Japanese Style Garden and more, Brookside is a treasure in MoCo. While there are expansive parks, we also have urban parks, like Acorn Park in Silver Spring – even our smaller spaces let you get out and enjoy Maryland’s moderate climate.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park offers hiking and biking opportunities along the towpath, while rides on the historic carousel and ballroom dance classes are available at Glen Echo Park. Patuxent River and Seneca Creek State Parks offer hiking, fishing, and horse paths, and Seneca Creek also provides bike paths, boat launches and rentals, canoeing and picnic areas.
Recreational Options Abound
From dog parks to equestrian centers to ice rinks and splash playgrounds, Montgomery County has it all. For the golf enthusiasts, there’s no better place to hit the links than at one of our 30 public and private golf courses throughout the county. The Maryland SoccerPlex welcomes more than 600,000 visitors a year to its 24 irrigated soccer fields and 5,200 seat capacity Championship Stadium (pictured). Tennis players find their swing on courts at many of the regional and local parks, and also at the Montgomery TennisPlex.
Enjoy hiking and horseback riding on 4.7 miles of natural trails that wind through the scenic Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood. In Bethesda, the Capital Crescent Trail follows an abandoned railroad right of way and extends 11 miles from Georgetown to Silver Spring.
Other activities include:
- County Trails
- Recreational Activities
- Nature Centers:
- Clara Barton National Historic Site
- Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
- National Capital Trolley Museum
- Sugarloaf Mountain & Vineyard