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Parks and Outdoor Activities

Parks and Outdoor Activities

ItEnjoy the sunny weather in Montgomery County. There's something for everyone - from horseback riding to bird watching!

Boating and Fishing
Montgomery Parks has several options for people to get outside and onto the water. Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park and Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park both have boat rentals, group boat tours, moorings and ramps for private boats, and sites for fishing.

Bird Watching & Nature Hikes
Despite urbanization, Montgomery County has a wealth of resources that provide refuge for wild species and respite for residents and visitors. There are hundreds of miles of natural trails that wind through forests and fields, peaceful stream valleys, protected conservation parks, award-winning public gardens, and nature centers that offer people of all ages hands-on experiences.

Horseback Riding
Enjoy dozens of designated equestrian trails throughout the County. One of the more interesting equestrian trails is The Underground Railroad Experience Trail is a 2 mile natural surface trail commemorating the involvement of Montgomery County residents in Underground Railroad and celebrates the Quaker heritage and traditions of the Sandy Spring area. The trail goes through the property of Woodlawn Manor and includes several significant sites including the 300 year old Champion White Ash Tree. Wheaton Stables also offers classes and trail rides.

Montgomery County has not FORE, but NINE public golf courses.

Driving Range
South Germantown Driving Range in South Germantown Recreational Park features 40 tees (10 are covered), a putting green, and four MEGSA Perfect Practice Equipment stations. New features for 2012 include a renovated Clubhouse with Direct TV and restroom, new sand trap training area, new putting green, and elevated greens on the range, so that you can work on both your distance and accuracy.  Visit www.SGDrivingRange.com for more information.

Public Gardens
Enjoy the breathtaking views and excellent programs at Brookside Gardens and McCrillis Gardens. Both gardens have walkways for exercise or leisurely strolls.

Skate Park
Olney Manor Skate Park features 14,400 square feet of skateboarding fun. The 90-foot by 160-foot park features a 10-foot-deep bowl, Hubba ledge, steps with handrail, quarter pipes, Fun Box with flat rail, manual pad, and Pyramid Ledge. The newly revamped Takoma-Piney Branch Local Park and http://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks_facilities_directory/woodsideup.shtm">Woodside Urban Park are also great options.

Swimming Pools
Cool off and dive in to one of the many outdoor or indoor pools! Opening Memorial Day weekend.

Montgomery County is home to two treetop zipline adventure courses. Go Ape! is the world's largest treetop adventure course provider; visit this location with the longest zip lines in the county and over 40 obstacles for a 2-3 hour adventure. The Adventure Park in Sandy Spring is the largest zipline course in North America.

This is just a sampling of the many outdoor activities available in Montgomery County. For a complete list, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org and www.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/Rec


Photo credit: Montgomery Parks

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