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There are three separate picnic areas—with plenty of parking—at the Ovid
Hazen Wells Recreational Park in Clarksburg. Its picnic pavilions are relatively
isolated and surrounded by large shade trees, log fences and meadows.
Traf;c, noise and sprawl are far away from this leafy, rural enclave. The
handicapped-accessible park has wooden picnic tables under shelters that
can host 75 to 100 people, and each shelter features a large grill.
Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park, 12001 Skylark Drive, Clarksburg;
It’s catch and release, and you’ll need your own rods and ;ies, but you can
cast for trout on both sides of the Patuxent River in Brookeville. Look for red
posts about 400 yards below Brighton Dam in Brookeville, which spans the
Montgomery and Howard county lines. Trout are stocked in February from the
state hatchery in Hagerstown and are spaced along 13 miles of the upper
Patuxent River. (The season begins March 31 and the river is last stocked for
the season in October.) The area is rarely crowded, but deep holes can create
unsteady river walking, so it’s safest not to ;sh alone. A $5 Maryland resident
;shing license is required for those 16 and older and can be purchased by
phone at 855-855-3906. Bring a rag and pliers to help unhook your ;sh; most
of the rainbow and brown trout are 1 to 2 pounds, but “leftovers” from previous
years can be in the 4- to 9-pound range.
Patuxent River State Park, 23222 Georgia Ave., Brookeville;
Pitch a Tent
Surprise! There’s year-round overnight camping less than a mile from
West;eld Montgomery mall. It’s primitive, but it’s still a night in nature.
Each of the seven campsites in Cabin John Regional Park includes two tent
pads (bring your own tents), a ;re pit, a grill and picnic tables. (Parents
have hosted sleepovers here for their kids’ birthday parties.) Bathroom
facilities are portable toilets in the parking lot; there’s a pavilion for group
gatherings. You might hear a faint sound of traf;c from Tuckerman Lane
and Seven Locks Road, so choose an upper number campsite for deeper
woods. Campsites are $20 per night; reservations are required. There’s
no running water during the off-season (Nov. 1 to March 31) but you’re
roughing it in woods that are within walking distance of ArcLight Bethesda.
Robert C. McDonell Campground, Cabin John Regional Park,
7701 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville; reservations through 301-495-2525 or
The 15-mile Schaeffer Farm Trail
in Boyds is one of the best off-road biking routes in the country,
according to the International
Mountain Bicycling Association. The
two-way bike trail has well-marked
colored loops, and riders should
know there are some blind corners
and narrow sections. The longest
trail, marked orange and rated
“moderate” in dif;culty, features
rolling terrain with many dips and a
mix of scenery—bikers pass high
grasses, soybean and corn ;elds,
and ride through deep woods.
There’s a new experts-only section,
with 10 earthen speed bumps, in
the southeast section of the loop
trails. The trails are maintained
by the county and the Mid-Atlantic
Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) group,
which organizes Thursday night rides
through Nov. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Schaeffer Farm Trail, 14800
Schaeffer Road, Boyds; more-mtb.