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Black Hill Regional Park

This 1300-acre, lake-oriented park features the mostly hard-surface 4.3 mile Black Hill Trail, over 10 miles of natural surface trails, and a water front trail along Little Seneca Lake.

Trails offer spectacular views of the lake, and meander through oak and hickory forests through some of our Best Natural Areas. Historical markers identify former mill sites, and interpret past gold mining history.

Unless noted otherwise on the map, trails marked “Natural Surface” and “Hard Surface” are “Shared by All” trails which includes hikers, bikers and equestrians.


Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding


The park is located in the upper portion of Montgomery County, west of I-270 and north of Germantown, MD.

Trail length/surface

The 4.3-mile Black Hill Trail is asphalt surface for most of its length, but the mid-section of the trail is natural surface, and is steep and rocky in sections. The rest of the trails in the park are natural surface.

Trail characteristics

The 4.3-mile Black Hill Trail is a smooth asphalt surface for most of its length. The rest of the trails in the park are natural surface and range from smooth and flowing to steep and rocky.

Drinking water




Access and parking


Ample parking is available in the picnic area of the park, along Lake Ridge Drive. A Trail Guide may be obtained at the Visitor Center. Hard surface trail is accessible from Visitor Center and Picnic lane. Trail has gentle inclines.

Click HERE for a Ride With GPS track of the standard loop.




270N to Route 121 South (just north of Germantown)

Exit 18 to merge onto Clarksburg Rd/MD-121 South

Option #1 Sharp left at W Old Baltimore Rd 1.0 mi Right at Lake Ridge Dr (1.1 mi) Take first right onto Black Hills Road (.3 miles) Cross bridge over lake, parking lot will be on your right.

Option #2 Stay on 121 for 2.9 miles Turn left at Black Hills Road (if you cross lake you’ve gone too far) Continue on Black Hills Road (.7 miles), parking lot will be on left just before small bridge across lake


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