Exploring Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds, Maryland

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    Black Hill Regional Park

    Black Hill Regional Park
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    Black Hill Regional Park, located just north of Germantown, Maryland, offers a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, boating, picnicking, nature programs, and much more. The park is comprised of more than 2,000 acres which is managed by the Montgomery County Department of Parks. The park provides an ideal setting for outdoor recreation and family gatherings. Park naturalists offer astronomy, fishing and kayaking programs, hikes, pontoon boat tours, and educational workshops throughout the year.

    Enjoy the following photos and learn more about Black Hill Regional Park.

    Park Address
    20930 Lake Ridge Drive
    Boyds, Maryland
    301-972-9396
    Hours: Open sunrise to sunset, year round.

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    Little Seneca Lake

    A pier leading to Little Seneca Lake Maryland
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    Little Seneca Lake at Black Hill Regional Park is a beautiful place to rent a rowboat, canoe, or kayak and enjoy the outdoors during the warmer months of the year. Swimming is prohibited in the lake. At Black Hill Lake, naturalist-guides take small groups on Pontoon Boat tours to examine the aquatic life and enjoy breathtaking sunsets. You may search for birds, bats, and beaver along the lake or take a workshop to learn how to fish, canoe or kayak. Child-friendly kayaks offer youngsters the stability they need while learning to kayak with ease.
     

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    Black Hill Visitor Center

    ••• Black Hill Visitor Center. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Black Hill Visitor Center was added to the 1,843-acre park to provide insight about the wildlife and natural resources found at Black Hill Regional Park. Videos and nature exhibits inform you about the region’s natural history. Naturalist guided programs are available for kids and adults. However, more adult programs are led here since this park is located further away from highly populated areas and schools.

    Many of the programs focus on aquatic life found on Little Seneca Lake. Fishing on the pier, canoeing, and riding the Osprey pontoon boat are among favorite activities. A wide variety of other activities is available, such as hiking, bike riding, picnicking, playing on playgrounds and volleyball courts, exercising on a fitness course or just taking in the spectacular views of the lake.

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    Pontoon Boats

    ••• Dock - Pontoon Boats on Little Seneca Lake. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Osprey pontoon boats take groups on scenic tours on Little Seneca Lake. Black Hill Regional Park also hosts a variety of special events and educational programs.

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    Trails

    ••• Trails at Black Hill Regional Park. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Black Hill Regional Park offers miles of trails that can be explored by foot, horseback or mountain bike. The 4.3-mile Black Hill Trail is mostly a hard surface trail, but the mid-section of the trail is a natural surface and is steep and rocky in some sections. There are also more than 10 miles of natural surface trails which are narrow multi-use dirt trails with varying terrain.

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    Playgrounds

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    Black Hill Regional Park has two playgrounds and several picnic areas available for public use.

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    Picnic Shelters

    ••• Picnic Shelters. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Ten picnic shelters are available on a first come, first-served basis and can be reserved for groups from April through October.

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    Wildlife

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    Black Hill Regional Park is a great place to enjoy nature and wildlife viewing. You may see a variety of amphibians, birds, butterflies and other wildlife throughout the park.

    Montgomery County has several nature centers with naturalist guided programs. Read more about nature centers in the Washington, DC area.