Trail Riders of Today; Horseback riding on trails in Maryland

North Paint Branch Trails Data   
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North Paint Branch Trails
Montgomery County

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 grazing.

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.

Parks Map

Google Road Map

Aerial Map

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.


TROT signature logo - horse and rider silhouette