Exploring Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park

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    Hiking, Biking, and Boating at Lake Needwood

    Lake Needwood
    ••• Lake Needwood. © sikeri

    Lake Needwood is a 75-acre lake in Rockville, Maryland that is a part of Rock Creek Regional Park. Visitors can rent rowboats, canoes, and pedal boats, or take a ride on a pontoon boat. Fishing is permitted with a license. The park has a visitors center and snack bar, picnic areas, hiking trails, playgrounds, an archery range, and a golf course. The Rock Creek Hiker/Biker Trail begins at Lake Needwood and extends 14.5 miles into Washington, DC. Go Ape Treetop Adventure offers a unique outdoor experience for ages 10 and up. The park is one of the best recreational attractions in Montgomery County, Maryland. 

    Getting to Lake Needwood

    Address: 15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Rockville, Maryland. From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take I-270 to Exit 8 for Shady Grove Road. Take the exit for Redland Boulevard. Continue on Redland Blvd. to Needwood Road. Turn Right. Follow the road to the park entrance. Turn left into the park. There are several parking lots within the park. Access for the...MORE hiker-biker trail is at the farthest end of the park. There is a second entrance into the park from Avery and Norbeck Roads.

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    Lake Needwood Visitors Pavilion

    ••• Lake Needwood Visitors Pavilion. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Lake Needwood Park has a covered pavilion with picnic tables and a snack bar open during the summer months. The pavilion sits adjacent to the lake with prime views of the park. 

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    Lake Needwood Hiking Trails

    Lake Needwood
    ••• Lake Needwood. © 3ric15

    Hikers can see the 75-acre Lake Needwood from the park's hiking trails. There is a 2.5-mile trail that traverses the perimeter of the lake.

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    Rock Creek at Lake Needwood Park

    ••• Rock Creek at Lake Needwood Park. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Rock Creek runs along the Hiker/Biker Trail at Lake Needwood Park.  The 14.5-mile hiker-biker trail that starts in Rock Creek Park and continues along the stream valley all the way into Washington DC.  At the Montgomery County line the trail continues along Beach Dr. meeting the Potomac River at the base of Georgetown. 

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    Geese and Ducks

    Geese and Ducks
    ••• Geese and Ducks. © PROsteve p2008

    Non-migrating Canada geese make their home at Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Park. More than 400 bird species have been documented in the state of Maryland. A wide variety of birds are attracted to the lake and the woods. 

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    Lake Needwood

    ••• Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Lake Needwood is a 75-acre lake in Rockville, Maryland that is a part of Rock Creek Regional Park. Visitors can rent rowboats, canoes, and pedal boats, or take a ride on a pontoon boat.

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    Bear in the Picnic Area

    ••• Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Kids love to climb on the bear statue in the picnic area at Lake Needwood Park.

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    Bridge

    ••• Bridge at Lake Needwood. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Visitors enjoy the scenery and the quiet at Lake Needwood Park.

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    Go Ape Zip Lines and Treetop Adventure

    Go Ape Zipline
    ••• Go Ape Zipline. © Rachel Cooper

    Go Ape Zip Lines and Treetop Adventure, a treetop forest adventure company, features a fun recreational experience with a series of zip lines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes among the treetops.