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Muddy Branch Trail

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9.5 Miles 15.3 Kilometers


444' 135 m


-573' -175 m



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360' 110 m


180' 55 m


Shared By Josh Keenan


Minor Issues 91 days ago
Some Mud - ride safe some wet but still amazing History

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A fast flowy trail from Gaithersburg down to the Potomac.

Josh Keenan

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Start at the small parking lot on the south side of 28 (1/2 of a block east of 28 and Dufief Dr.). The trail stays pretty much level along the Muddy Branch creek and is well marked. The trail crosses Quince Orchard Road and then Turkey Foot Rd, and upon meeting Esworthy, you have to bike along that road (in a northwest direction) for about 4 blocks to pick the trail up again. The trail keeps following the Muddy Branch, getting a little more challenging with more ups and downs in places until it reaches Blockhouse Point Park. From there, ride the bikeable trails down to C&O Canal parking area at Pennyfield Lock Rd.

In all, this ride encompasses an almost 9 mile journey on 100% singletrack in the thick of Gaithersburg/Potomac. It's fast and fun, there's not a lot of foot traffic, and it's been recently cleared (as of October, 2013) of all downed trees.


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Jul 17, 2018
TJ Kelly
Jun 6, 2018
Andres Cottin
trail needs more than two days to drain in the residential section 8.7mi
Mar 18, 2018
Mad Cow
They don’t call it muddy branch for nothing. Ride this backwards. Nice and dry south and west of Esworthy. Path is mostly clear of storm debris..…
Oct 20, 2017
Dwayne L
Oct 9, 2017
Dwayne L
Last part of trail closed until Jan. 2018 for bow hunting 4mi
Sep 3, 2017
Scott Lowrey
Nice day! 8.7mi
Apr 16, 2017
Andrew S
Fun afternoon ride!

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  3.4 from 9 votes


  3.4 from 9 votes
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I live pretty much at the start of this trail in the Kentlands and this is a really fun down and back that I do regularly. Not much climbing on this one so I treat it like a time trial almost. Good fun. Aug 22, 2014
Scott Lowrey
Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
Scott Lowrey   Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
Fun trail and pretty well maintained. Easy enough for novice-intermediate types (like me). There are a few climbs that will test your cardio capacity but they're short. A few features here and there. Easy to take a wrong turn and end up in backyards/dead-ends. I'll try to update the map with some alternate routes. Jul 17, 2017

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