Paint Branch Trail

Paint Branch Trail, Montgomery County, MD, USA

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Overview

Summary:The first map reveals that what was once a grand equestrian opportunity has now been eaten by the Intercounty Connector -- Route 200. A bit remains above and below Fairland Road. The second map reveals that much of the path below Fairland Road is paved.



Upper Paint Branch Stream Valley Park is one of the best natural areas in Montgomery County, containing some of the best examples of park natural resources, including features such as large wetlands, high quality aquatic resources and forests, diverse native vegetation, uniquely spectacular topography and bedrock formations and/or unique habitats that are scarce and/or fragile.



Parkland in the Upper Paint Branch has been acquired primarily to protect sensitive resources, including a high quality (class III) fishery with a self-sustaining brown trout population, large areas of forest that provide important habitat for many migratory bird species, three plant species considered rare in the State of Maryland, and several unique archaeological resources.



Park access is difficult, and it is not clear where a horse trailer might be legally parked, or why anyone would want to ride on this paved surface.
Activities:horseback riding, hiking, biking. 2.3 miles of the trail are paved, offering inline skating and wheelchair accessibility.
Location:West of Rt. 29 and south of Fairland Road in the eastern part of Montgomery County.
Length/Surface:Paint Branch Trail is hard surface and 3 miles. Another 3 miles of hard surface trails crisscross Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

This ride covered a distance of 10.25 miles in 1 hours, 35 minutes -- about 6.5 mph.

Bumps and Lumps:

Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 57 feet. The average slope on this trail is 1.7%.

Trail Characteristics:Easy to follow, gentle grades. A trail underpass provides a safe crossing beneath Randolph Road, but trail users should exercise caution during and after heavy rains as the trail might become temporarily impassable.

This trail is naturally shaded and extends for three miles between Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park (off Jackson Road) and Fairland Road. Located just south the of Upper Paint Branch Best Natural Areas, the trail features views of Paint Branch stream and passes the historic Valley Mill and the former site of Snowden Mill. These mills are among the oldest in the County, dating back to the 1700’s.

The trail features views of Paint Branch stream and passes the historic Valley Mill and the former site of Snowden Mill. These mills are among the oldest in the County, dating back to the 1700’s.

Unless noted otherwise on the map, trails marked “Natural Surface” and “Hard Surface” are “Shared by All” trails which includes hikers, bikers, and equestrians.
Drinking Water:Yes, at Martin Luther King Recreational Park.
Water for Horses:yes, from Paint Branch stream.
Restroom:Yes, at Martin Luther King Recreational Park.
Access and Parking:Ample parking is available in Martin Luther King Park off Jackson Road and parking is also available north and south of East Randolph Road.
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Elevations



Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 57 feet. The average slope on this trail is 1.7%.

Data







Downloads

Download GPX file.A GPX file is a GPS exchange format file in the format of an XML file. You can upload it to fitness tracking and mapping sites such as Strava, Gaia GPS or Endomondo, then use the matching app to load it into your smartphone and take it with you on your ride.
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Download PDF file.A PDF file might be useful if you want to print a hard copy of the route here, to take with you. The PDF is a rendering of the Google map at the top of this page.


Created with GPS Utility 4.20 - http:/www.gpsu.co.uk. Map recorded: March 28, 2008. Page last updated: April 12, 2018.