Rural Montgomery County

Rural Montgomery County, Maryland, is a fairly oddball choice for a trip, as people generally don't think to visit the countryside so close to the metropolis just southeast. It gets a fair amount of visitor traffic nonetheless, simply because it is so easy for residents of the close-in Montgomery County D.C. suburbs to get to. In particular, Sugarloaf Mountain is a very popular destination. But if you look a bit further and feel like wandering along quiet country roads, there are other gems to explore, be they farms where you can go picking, petting zoos, wineries, or even Maryland fried chicken.



Damascus, Poolesville, Clarksburg, and Darnestown are the main small towns in the region.

Get in

I-270 is the principal highway running through Rural Montgomery County, and I-70 runs east-west just to the north. The former is a quick way to get here from either D.C. or Frederick; the latter from Baltimore or Pennsylvania via Gettysburg.

Dulles International Airport is not at all far away, although the rarely-bridged Potomac River does make it harder to get to. The fun way to get here from there would be via White's Ferry off of US-15 in Virginia by Leesburg.

Amtrak doesn't have any stops here between Rockville and Harpers Ferry, but the MARC Train Brunswick Line does have stops at Boyds, Barnesville, and Dickerson. But unless you have a car waiting here, you'll have no way to get around upon arriving!



Pumpkin picking pre-Halloween



Mooin' to his own beat at Poplar Springs



Sunflowers at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area

Surprisingly enough, there is not one place in this fair part of the county to lay one's head. You'll have to backtrack to Germantown or onwards to Frederick.


There are two public libraries out in these parts, with public WiFi and terminal use.

Go next

Routes through Rural Montgomery County

Martinsburg Brunswick  NW  SE  Germantown Washington, D.C.
END Frederick  N  S  Merges into Brunswick Line

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