Map of the Rock Creek Trails

Rock Creek Trails

Rock Creek Trails Maryland Map Area

Rock Creek Trails


23+ miles


paved / aggregate / natural


Derwood, Rockville, North Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, South Kensington, Washington D.C.


beautiful views, woods, Rock Creek Regional Park, Lake Needwood, Lake Bernard Frank, Rock Creek Park. local parks


Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath Trail



Washington D.C.

Arlington, VA

The Rock Creek Trails are a system of paved and unpaved trails that follow along Rock Creek through several areas of Maryland. The trail system includes the Lake Needwood Trails, the Lake Frank Trails and the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail. The Rock Creek Hiker-Bike Trail connects to the trails in Rock Creek Park in the Washington D.C. area. The trail system extends from Rock Creek Regional Park through Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C.

These trails go through the forested area along the creek and pass by numerous schools, local parks and other attractions.


The Lake Frank Trail, Meadowside Trail and Lake Needwood Trail have an unpaved surface. The Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail is paved with asphalt with access paths that may have a natural surface. The Western Ridge Trail in Rock Creek Park is mostly unpaved with some paved sections. Bikes are not allowed on all trails, so follow local regulations.

Nearby Trails

The Rock Creek Trails connect, or pass nearby, to a number of other recreational trails in the area.

Georgetown Branch Trail / Capital Crescent Trail: The Rock Creek Hiker-Bike Trail intersects The Georgetown Branch Trail just east of the intersection of Jones Mill Road and Jones Bridge Road. This trail then leads to the Capital Crescent Trail and to the Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath.

Matthew Henson Trail: The Matthew Henson Trail takes of to the northeast near Veirs Mill Road.

Rockville Trails: There are numerous recreational trails in the Rockville Area.

Rock Creek Park Hiking Trails: There are numerous hiking trails within Rock Creek Park that connect to the main trail.

Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath: The southeast end of the towpath trail intersects the Rock Creek Trails south of Pennsylvania Avenue NW and north of the Whitehurst Freeway NW.


The Rock Creek Trails go past the following communities: Derwood, Rockville, North Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, South Kensington and Washington D.C.

Points of Interest

The Rock Creek Trails go past the following schools, local parks and other points of interest: Lake Needwood, Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville High School, Broome Middle School, Broome Athletic Park, Waverly Park, Ken-Gar Palisades Park, Winding Creek Local Park, Randolph Hills Local Park, Dewey Local Park, John Mill Road Park, Rays Meadow Local Park, Meadpw Brook Local Park, Piney Branch Park, Smithsonian National Zooological Park, Gerogetown Waterfront Park and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

End Points


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Rock Creek Trails in Maryland