Exit 18 off I-270 and turn right onto to Rt.121 east (Clarksburg Rd.). A parking lot for trail users is located at the Maintenance Yard along Rt.355 just south of the Campground Entrance. Limited parking is also available closer to the multi-use trails along Clarksburg Road, Hyattstown Mill Road and Prescott Road.
Located about 23 miles northwest of Washington D.C., Little Bennett Regional Park is Montgomery County's largest park. Covering almost 3,650 acres, the park is predominantly forested, contains the areas largest tulip poplar grove and lies among the tributaries of Little Bennett Creek.
As early as the 18th century, the Little Bennett Valley was the scene of farms and small scale industries capitalizing on the region's abundant resources of timber, water, vegetation and vast acreage for farming. Mills sprang up along the creek and several historical structures and vestiges of the past can still be seen throughout the park and along the trails.
The Park also offers 91 campsites that are handicapped accessible and an 18-hole golf course. The Hawk's Reach Activity Center offers activities, nature films and other routinely scheduled events.
The Little Bennett Regional Park trails are one of the most popular features of the park. Over 10 miles of scenic, natural surface multi-use single and double-track trails north of Hyattstown Mill Road are available for mountain bikers to explore. The trails south of Hyattstown Mill Road are hiking only. The mountain bike trails travel through secluded woodlands and upland meadows which see few users. The trails pass through wooded hills and valleys, along open fields with flat to rolling terrain and along gravel roads through the park. Trail intersections are well marked.
Several mills were established at various times along the Little Bennett Creek. Only the Hyattstown Mill remains as testimony to those early enterprises. The steep and rocky slopes did not encourage farming; but the farmers persevered nonetheless. Several sites and structures remain to be seen today. A few structures still standing are:
The Montgomery Chapel Cemetery
The Zeigler Log House
Hyattstown Miller's House
For more information:
Little Bennett Regional Park
Park Manager: (301) 972-6581