Take a breather from the fast pace of living in Montgomery County and hike the Sligo Creek Parkway Trail with your pup! This 10.2-mile trail feels like an oasis in the middle of this urban area as it wanders next to its namesake creek through a canopy of dense hardwoods.
There are many places to hop on the heavily-trafficked Sligo Creek Parkway Trail, but a great place to start is at its southern trailhead at the Prince George’s County line. The eight-foot-wide, hard surface trail winds northwest to its terminus at Wheaton Regional Park, with several additional access points and nine recreational areas along the way. These recreational areas include things like picnic tables, water fountains, restrooms and playgrounds.
Not long after you leave the Prince George’s County line trailhead, you and your leashed pooch will make your first crossing of Sligo Creek over a quaint bridge. A bit further, you’ll find directional signs to help you navigate your trek, plus benches and a playground. Hike to where the trail crosses Flower Avenue, and you and Fido will find water fountains, a picnic area, information signage and another playground. All along your walk, you and your dog will love taking in the sights and sounds of this beautiful babbling creek as the sunlight filters through the lush trees. Keep an eye out for deer, foxes, chipmunks along the creek!
The trail is quite shaded, making the Sligo Creek Parkway Trail an amazing place to walk any time of day during warmer months. Plan to spend some extra time at the several bridge crossings – the peaceful footbridges are a fantastic place to stop with your pup and watch the water flow beneath you.
With abundant natural beauty and a lengthy trail, the Sligo Creek Parkway Trail just might be the perfect hidden gem for you and your pooch to explore!