Trails: Natural Surface Design, Constr. & Renov. (P858710)

  • Category: M-NCPPC
  • Sub Category: Development
  • Administering Agency: M-NCPPC (AAGE13)
  • Planning Area: Countywide
  • Date Last Modified: 3/6/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Ongoing




This PDF includes planning, design, and construction and reconstruction of natural surface trails. Natural surface trails are usually located in stream valley parks. Surfaces include dirt, wood chip, soil mixtures, and sometimes gravel or stone, supplemented by boardwalk or other elevated surfaces when needed; they are generally narrower than hard surface trails. Natural surface trails accommodate pedestrians, equestrians and/or off-road (mountain) bicyclists, and generally do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The expenditure schedule does not include the value of work done by volunteers to assist with the construction of natural surface trails.

Cost Change

Increase due to addition of FY19 and 20 to this on-going program and includes raising the level-of-effort to meet increased demand.


Improvements address only the highest priority needs for each trail and presume some volunteer assistance for hand labor. Projects in Rock Creek, Rachel Carson, Little Bennett, and Black Hill implement park master plans. This CIP Project implements the natural surface recreational trail component of the Countywide Park Trails Plan and trail recommendations in area master plans. 2008 Countywide Park Trails 2005 Land Preservation, Park and Recreation Plan


Expenditures will continue indefinitely.


Maryland State Parks, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Volunteer Groups