Intercounty Connector Trail

Maryland

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Intercounty Connector Trail Facts

States: Maryland
Counties: Montgomery, Prince Georges
Length: 8 miles
Trail end points: Needwood Road and US 1
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9998638
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Intercounty Connector Trail Description

Maryland's Intercounty Connector Trail serves as an important commuting route across Montgomery County and Prince George's County. It gets its name from the Intercounty Connector (also known as State Route 200), which it largely parallels.

The developing ICC Trail is currently completed in a few disconnected segments through the communities of Olney, Norbeck, Wheaton, Silver Spring, Beltsville, and Laurel. The paved pathway is separated from the roadway by a wide median and fencing. Opposite the roadway, the trail is buffered by trees for much of its length.

The westernmost segment of the trail, totaling 6.1 miles, begins at Needwood Road, west of Gaithersburg and just outside of Upper Rock Creek Park. From there, it parallels the Intercounty Connector for 2 miles to Emory Lane. The trail then diverts from SR 200, following Emory Lane to Olney Manor Recreational Park on Georgia Avenue (MD 97). From the park, the trail heads down MD 97 back to SR 200, which it follows for nearly 3 more miles to Layhill Road (MD 182), across from Layhill Local Park.

After a gap, the trail picks up again at Notley Road and travels 0.7 miles to New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650). A walled divider between the pathway and the Intercounty Connector keeps the experience pleasant. On its south side, the trail is bordered by trees and a residential neighborhood.

East of US 29, another section of trail spans 0.7 miles between Briggs Chaney Road and Old Gunpowder Road in Prince George's County. Although not very long, the trail offers the opportunity to access two parksthe Cross Creek Club Local Park and the Cross Creek Community Parkas well as a connection to the Little Paint Branch Trail.

The easternmost segment of trail spans a half mile in Laurel, between Virginia Manor Road and US 1.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available in the parks which the trail connects, from east to west:

  • Olney Manor Recreational Park (16601 Georgia Ave., Olney)
  • Layhill Local Park (14901 Layhill Rd., Wheaton)
  • Cross Creek Club Local Park (3530 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring)
  • Cross Creek Community Park (12610 Old Gunpowder Rd., Beltsville)

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