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Muddy Branch Trail Section

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Newest Hike in MoCo along Muddy Branch Creek Greenway
Near:Gaithersburg, MD
Distance:4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:50 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: Be one of the first! This is the newest trail in the DC-MD-VA area. This is a section of the Muddy Branch Greenway Trail that will stretch from Gaithersburg to the Potomac when finished. The trailheads are temporary and parking is in the grass beside Turkey Foot Road. The trailhead on Turkey Foot Road is marked by a little pink flag next to the guardrail on the west side of the road. Step over the rail and look for the blue blaze. After a short distance, the trail will come out on Query Mill Road. Follow the road over the two bridges and look for the temporary trailhead (pink flag) next to the "No Dumping" sign. Follow the pink flags for about 50 yards until you see the permanent blue blazes and permanent trail. The trail ends near the intersection with Esworthy Road at a marker post.

Trailhead: Trailhead is located near intersection of Turkey Foot Road and Query Mill Road in North Potomac, MD. From Washington, DC, take I-270 North. Get on MD Rte 28 North (Exits for Rte 28 N, Shady Grove Road, or Rte 124 W will do it). Proceed north past intersection with Rte 124. Turn left on Jones Lane. At an intersection proceed straight onto Turkey Foot Road. After about 1/4 mile you will see Query Mill Road on the right. Park on the grass just past Query Mill Rd. Cross Query Mill to the trailhead marked by a pink flag (see picture). (Lat:39.08295 Lon:-77.2646)
Trail Guides for Muddy Branch Trail Section:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: M-NCPPC Park Police (301) 949-3010 Smart Parks (301) 670-8080
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Richard Denton, who has posted  22 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by RJD on 9/28/2009
The trail blockages have been removed or bypassed. The trail is open for general use (feet, hooves, wheels)

Reviewed by RJD on 7/4/2008
The trail is blocked in several spots due to recent storm damage. With a little bushwhacking, the blockages can be bypassed.

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