Summary: The Blue Mash natural surface trails are located in the buffer area surrounding the site of the former Oaks Landfill. There are no odors. The Blue Mash Nature Trail commemorates the pre-Civil War settlement called Blue Mash inhabited for many years by freed slaves. "Mash" was the colloquial pronunciation of marsh. Before emancipation, the Blue Mash swamp was known to have been a hiding place for fugitive slaves.
The trail is popular with birders and many species are present. Aso many deer and other mammalscan be encountered.
The easy trail is a figure eight that covers open fields and woods. The open-area trails are wide and mowed to provide access to the ground-water sampling stations. the wooded trail is unmarked and not well maintained. There are some side trails. At forks always take the trail closest to the landfill fence.
See http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkTrails/trails_MAPS/blue_mash.shtm for more info.
Trailhead: Two trailheads: (1) Trailhead for multi-use trail located at intersection of MD Rte 108 and Fieldcrest Road; (2) Trailhead for hiker-only trail located on Zion Road. See photos of park entrances.
To get to Trailhead (1) from I 270, take exit for I 370. Continue on I 370 part way around the Shady Grove Metro station. Turn left onto Redland Road. Continue straight onto Muncaster Road. Turn left onto Rte 108 and look for park entrance on the right at the intersection with Fieldcrest Road.
To get to Trailhead (2) follow the above directions but turn right at Rte 108. Turn left onto Brookville Road. turn left onto Zion Road. Park entrance is on the left. (Lat:39.1929 Lon:-77.1014)
Trail Guides for Blue Mash Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Richard Denton, who has posted 18 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by RJD on 2/4/2013
The golf course is next door to the trail.
Reviewed by Irene on 2/2/2013
There is a golf course now. Could not find a trail
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