|Summary:||Muddy Branch Greenway Trail is a 11.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gaithersburg, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Access to the most northern part of the trail (above route 28) will require a horse or mule not afraid to walk through a long, dark culvert. A short stretch on Esworthy Road poses some risk from vehicular traffic, and crossing River Road on a balky horse can be sketchy, but the remainder of this long route is a delight.|
|Activities:||horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking|
|Location:||In Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park and Blockhouse Conservation Park, between MD 28 and the C&O Canal. 15332 American Way, North Potomac, MD 20878.|
|Length/Surface:||about 11 miles of natural surface trails |
This ride covered a distance of 2.73 miles in 0 hours, 59 minutes -- about 2.8 mph.
|Trail Characteristics:||Single track. The natural surface trail traverses varied terrain and ecosystems including rocky upland forest, streambanks and meadows, passes by rich vernal pools, and earthen mill remnants. The trail passes The Potomac Horse Center on its way from Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg down to historic Blockhouse Point Conservation Park. A bridge allows users to cross over to Pennyfield Lock and the C&O Canal.|
|Drinking Water:||at Potomac Horse Center|
|Water for Horses:||Muddy Branch Creek|
|Restroom:||at Potomac Horse Center|
|Access and Parking:||Potomac Horse Center, owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, offers abundant trailer parking. Parking is also available at Blockhouse Point and Pennyfield Lock.|
|More Information:||web site.|
|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.|
|Download KML file.||A KML file is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth. KML uses a tag-based structure with nested elements and attributes and is based on the XML standard. Get Google Earth free here.|
Created by David Stang and his trusty partner Freckles, using GaiaGPS. Page last updated: January 08, 2018.