Montgomery Parks to Expand Powerline Trail from Germantown to Bethesda

Montgomery Parks will expand the Powerline Trail to connect South Germantown Recreational Park and Cabin John Regional Park.

The park service has received $10 million in funding from the state of Maryland to make renovations to the Powerline Trail.

The path currently is six miles of natural terrain that connects South Germantown Recreational Park to Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park. Once construction begins in 2022, the trails will stretch 13 miles and be made up of both natural and paved trails. A surfaced trail will eventually run from Muddy Branch Trailhead to Cabin John Regional Park.

This construction project will be the biggest expansion of the county’s paved trails in recent history.

The trail is a collaboration with Pepco and Montgomery Parks. The original idea was pictured in 2015 when Pepco and Exelon were merged. Pepco wanted to give back to the community by allowing power corridors to be used as recreational trails.

Attaining funding for the Powerline expansion was strengthened during the COVID-19 pandemic when more people sought the great outdoors for exercise, entertainment and peace of mind.

The full press release can be found here.

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