North Paint Branch Trails
Paint Branch Stream Valley Park
1600 Randolph Road
Colesville, Maryland 20904
Park Manager: 301.622.1193
Trail Resource Guide: vacant
Location: Located between Fairland Rd, New Hampshire Ave, Good
Hope, Briggs Chaney and Old Columbia Pike in Colesville Maryland. For directions
see the park
website or mapquest.
Trailer Parking: There is trailer parking at the end of Gladbeck
off of Cavendish Dr. on weekends. You can also park in the States
Roads Depot on Good Hope.
Facility/Trail Descriptions: There are five miles of wooded
trails winding through the Paint Branch Valley. This is a favorite
area for walkers and horseback riders in eastern Montgomery County. It
is a quiet secluded park in a densely populated area. It is easy
to think you are in the backwoods out in the country. It is best
for a relaxing slow ride, but there are areas suitable for cantering. It
is easy to ride two to three hours in this park if you explore the nooks
and crannies. There is plenty of stream water but little grass for
Ironically this is the park that inspired the creation of Trail Riders
of Today (TROT) when it was under threat of development in the early 1980’s. Although
TROT’s efforts were successful at the time, the park will soon be
devastated by the Inter-County Connector which traverses the entire length
of the park. The six lane highway will be built across it from Old
Columbia Pike to New Hampshire Avenue.
Maps and GPS Data - click below links for the appropriate map or
data. Instructions for use of these files will follow.
Topo and/or Terrain Map
GPX File - Copy and Paste to your PC
for transfer to your own GPS. Consult your GPS documentation for the procedure.
KMZ File - for input into Google
Earth. You must download
and install the application and then click the kmz link.