Blockhouse Point Conservation Park Trails*

Blockhouse Point Conservation Park Trails*, Montgomery County, MD, USA

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Overview

In Short:Montgomery / 301.670.8080 / 2 mi. / 630 acres / natural / links to C&O Canal.
Summary:

Blockhouse Point Conservation Park is an area rich in the natural and cultural history of the Potomac Valley. This approximately 630-acre Park contains a variety of exceptional resources.

This park is one of our Best Natural Areas. Natural features include mature upland forest, floodplain forest, palustrine wetlands, streams, river-rock outcrops, at least nine species of threatened, endangered, or watchlist plants, a diversity of wildlife and grand views of the Potomac River and C&O Canal.The Park encompasses historic Civil War ruins of national significance. Many of the existing trails in Blockhouse Point Conservation Park are part of the historic Civil War complex for which the park is named. They are a vestige of the transportation system that furnished material and supplies to the men who were stationed there. These historic routes have been used for more than 140 years.

Activities:horseback riding, hiking.
Location:14750 River Road, Darnestown, MD. Located between the C&O Canal to the south and Esworthy Road to the north and is bisected by MD Route 190, River Road. Access and parking: There are 2 gravel lots. Both are located along the south side of River Road. The larger lot can hold approximately 25 cars and two to three horse trailers. There is a park sign at the lot entrance and a kiosk located at the back of the lot with a map of the park's trails. A second, smaller, lot is located at the western edge of the park and will hold only a few cars.
Length/Surface:All 7+ miles of trails are natural surface.
Trail Characteristics:The majority or the trails are designated "hiking only". The rest are designated for "hiker/equestrian only" or "shared use-all." Biking in this Park is prohibited except for the the Muddy Branch Greenway Trail which travels south from Esworthy Rd.and along the eastern edge of the park across a bridge to connect with the C&O Canal towpath. The towpath is owned and maintained by the National Park Service.
Drinking Water:no
Water for Horses:from Muddy Branch creek, C&O Canal, and Potomac River.
Restroom:no
Access and Parking:There are 2 gravel lots. Both are located along the south side of River Road. The larger lot can hold approximately 25 cars and two to three horse trailers. There is a park sign at the lot entrance and a kiosk located at the back of the lot with a map of the park's trails. A second, smaller, lot is located at the western edge of the park and will hold only a few cars.


* This page is under development. A Google map and photos are to come.

Page last updated: January 08, 2018.