Lois Y. Green Conservation Park Trails*

Lois Y. Green Conservation Park Trails*, Montgomery County, MD, USA

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Summary:The Lois Y. Green Conservation Park consists of a 200 acre parcel that was given to M-NCPPC by Lois Y. Green in 1975 and an additional dedicated stream buffer area of 50 acres. The 250-acre conservation park is located adjacent to the Montgomery County Airpark and is surrounded by residential development. When Mrs. Lois Green donated the park to M-NCPPC, she specifically directed that the park, "shall be used as an open space, for park land, and for recreation in such a manner as to evidence the conservation of soil, water, woods and wildlife... and shall be maintained essentially in its natural condition." Today the Park is a remarkable oasis in a highly developed area of the County. Even though it lies beneath an airpark flight pattern, the expanse of the park's grasslands, topography, tree lined stream, large ponds, wetlands and woodlands create a feeling of respite and retreat.

Visitors to the park can walk the natural surface trails and explore the varied habitats that support a surprising array of plants and animals. The park is a popular destination for bird watchers, butterfly enthusiasts and nature photographers. Such a large expanse of meadow habitat is rare in the county and wildlife sightings include a variety of hawks and sparrows, bluebirds, Baltimore orioles, indigo buntings and other birds as well as foxes, deer, groundhogs, beaver, muskrats and mink. During the growing season meadow wildflowers and grasses attract a diverse array of butterflies and dragonflies, and provide essential habitat to many other pollinating insects.
Activities:horseback riding, hiking, biking, birding.
Location:8711 Snouffer School Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20879. I-270 to Shady Grove Road, left on Muncaster Mill Road, which becomes Snouffer School Road. The parking entrance is on the right immediately after the traffic light at Centerway Road.
Length/Surface:3.8 miles of natural surface trails.
Drinking Water:no
Water for Horses:yes, from Cabin Branch Stream or one of two ponds.
Access and Parking:The parking lot off Snouffer School Road has enough spaces nearly all the time. No other parking is available, and the road to the Izaak Walton League is not open to the public. Note that when you leave you must turn right left turn is prohibited.
More Information:(301) 670-8017

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

Page last updated: January 08, 2018.