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Cabin John Park Trail

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Highlights:

Nice creek trail with lots of wildlife, close to DC Beltway.
Near:Bethesda, MD
Scenery:
Distance:6.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1000 ft
Hike Time:3.5 hours
Difficulty:Easy
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back



Summary: The Cabin John trail runs the length of the Cabin John park from Goya Drive near Montrose Road to MacArthur Blvd. This hike is just the upper section from Democracy Blvd to Goya. It varies from stream side to hill top. It has a lot of wildlife. The trail is blazed in blue. There are side trails in places, some blazed in red, green and yellow, but the main trail is the only one in blue, in the park. From the parking lot, just cross the bridge to the Nature Center, pass by the front of it and pick up the trail heading north. When you come to Tuckerman, go left about 40 yards to pick up the trail on the other side. It follows a gravel road for a ways. The stream crossing near the north end is poor. You may just choose to turn around and head back. A good side trip is at the power line crossing. Go down the road to the stream and just beyond that, is a lovely marsh area. Backtrack to trail.
Trailhead: Park in the Nature Center/Tennis Center parking lot on Democracy Blvd. From I-270 take the Democracy Blvd exit going west. The parking lot will be on the right before Seven Locks Road. Park near the Nature Center on the east end of the lot. Cross the foot bridge to the Center, pass by on the front side and pick up the blue trail straight ahead. (Lat:39.01406 Lon:-77.09424)
Trail Guides for Cabin John Park Trail:
Hikes in the Washington Region
by Broadwell and Watkins  (PATC)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Cabin John Park Police, 301.949.3010
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Keith Ferguson, who has posted  10 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 2   Submit your own review
Reviewed by bas on 12/5/2009
sbs, perhaps the park police were there investigating a call they received regarding the "wading" you were doing. Just a thought.

Reviewed by Viewer on 3/9/2009
March 8, 2009 -This is an easy hike, good if you have small kids b/c its mostly flat and parallels the creek at different points, which they tend to find interesting. There's also a playground (a "baby playground" to my 8 yo, so be warned). It has a mini railroad that runs in season. I tried to follow the PATC guide but it didn't pan out on the way back. And don't expect solitude, its a suburban park and you can see apartments (not awful, but there) at several pts along the trail. It would be great for an offroad run.

Reviewed by sbs3 on 6/28/2008
there is abominable. Literally, trash is strewn everywhere, large, overflowing black, plastic trash bags are strewn everywhere, and some have even resorted to tying their ugly trash bags to tree branches. I mean, who are they kidding? Do these people think that there is a free US Gov't service, that is just going to simply come in and take away all of their dirty trash? It truly gives the entire area a black eye, and I am ashamed to learn that a former US president actually swam in the Potomac, naked each day, and no one blinked an eye. I mean he was the President of the United States!! If one of us, mere mortals, were to attempt that today, we would be arrested right on the spot! But, sure, leave your trash bags and litter all over

Reviewed by sbs2 on 6/28/2008
(cont.)again I said no, but it seemed like they were looking for someone, and had been called in to do so. He asked if that was my car, and I said yes, is it ok to park there?, he said yes. Then another Spec. Ops park police arrived and he looked like he was looking for someone as well. I had vowed to bring a small trash bag the next time, so I could haul out some of the trash I had found littering the area, but now I am a little scared return. Where has this society sunk to, when a good samaritan, river keeper, who vows to clean up other slobs trash from a gov't owned park, has to dodge the park police for something as simple as walking off the trail a bit. Ever walked up from Flethcher's north toward chain bridge? The trash lef

Reviewed by sbs on 6/27/2008
This is a fantastic hike, is the very reason that all hikers, who want to experience Tom's prev. mentioned "feeling lost in the woods", must venture off-trail as soon as they possibly can. I cannot say what I have found at this close-in M.cty. park, off-trail, but it tops anything else I have seen. So good, that someone may have ratted me out today, when after simply taking an adventure walk, napping on a towel inder a tree, and wading...that's all, anymore and I think that the two Park Police Suv's that arrived at the park entrance when I was walking out, the first officer questioning me as to whether or not I was walking off trail or not? I answered no, of course, and then he asked me if I saw anyone else walking in the park? No ag

Reviewed by sbs on 6/27/2008
This is a fantastic hike, is the very reason that all hikers, who want to experience Tom's prev. mentioned "feeling lost in the woods", must venture off-trail as soon as they possibly can. I cannot say what I have found at this close-in M.cty. park, off-trail, but it tops anything else I have seen. So good, that someone may have ratted me out today, when after simply taking an adventure walk, napping on a towel inder a tree, and wading...that's all, anymore and I think that the two Park Police Suv's that arrived at the park entrance when I was walking out, the first officer questioning me as to whether or not I was walking off trail or not? I answered no, of course, and then he asked me if I saw anyone else walking in the park? No ag

Reviewed by sbs on 6/27/2008
This is a fantastic hike, is the very reason that all hikers, who want to experience Tom's prev. mentioned "feeling lost in the woods", must venture off-trail as soon as they possibly can. I cannot say what I have found at this close-in M.cty. park, off-trail, but it tops anything else I have seen. So good, that someone may have ratted me out today, when after simply taking an adventure walk, napping on a towel inder a tree, and wading...that's all, anymore and I think that the two Park Police Suv's that arrived at the park entrance when I was walking out, the first officer questioning me as to whether or not I was walking off trail or not? I answered no, of course, and then he asked me if I saw anyone else walking in the park? No ag

Reviewed by Robert on 12/27/2006
A very nice neighborhood park with an ice skating rink, baseball park, and large children's playground. If you want something close, this walk can be very enjoyable - but it is not a true nature hike where you get the wonderful feeling of being lost in the trees and the clouds and the raccoons. I give this a four because it is so close and a good nearby hike.


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