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Mission Statement

Since its creation in 1974, Sugarloaf Regional Trails has focused on conservation of the cultural landscape in rural Montgomery County. Financed entirely by grants and donations from individuals and businesses, the non-profit corporation has conducted cultural research and educational activities, published historic theme trail guides and books and held conferences pertaining to preservation and environmental issues. Working with over 200 volunteers, SRT researched and published The Inventory of Historic Sites in Montgomery County which led to an ordinance and master plan for preservation.

The objectives of the organization are to educate the public about the Potomac highland region. Membership is open to everyone who is interested.  

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Funding for Sugarloaf Regional Trails provided in part by

Heritage Montgomery

Maryland Heritage Area

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Welcome to Sugarloaf Regional Trails

We are here to help you enjoy the historic features of the Montgomery County, Maryland, and Sugarloaf Mountain rural areas. 

We recommend different trails, or paths (we call them Trail Guides). You can follow these in your car, on foot, or even in a canoe. Along each trail, we describe important and interesting historical features on your way, and give you as much (or as little!) information as you wish.

On our website, you can choose among our fifteen Trail Guides, read selected trail guides, and download both a full or shortened version for your own use. Each Guide includes a map of the trail, as well as text, drawings, and pictures. You can even consult the website on your mobile phone for guidance from the trail - just click here!


June 25, 2016
Noon to 4:00

Monocacy Aqueduct

Piscataway Conoy Indian Tribe will perform Indian dances and talk about their history, heritage and culture. This extremely interesting program will enlighten and delight all ages.

It will begin at Point of Rocks and end at Seneca, on the C&O Canal towpath! The trail will be dedicated on June 25 noon to 4pm at Monocacy Aqueduct. The Piscataways will be coming to their ancestral home of Conoy (Heaters) Island.

The Native American Heritage Trail Guide will be distributed. This pamphlet describes the Trail, pointing out areas of significant pre-European activity. Paleolithic sites have been identified by archeologists and are mentioned in the Guide.

Dedicated to the Piscataway Conoy Indian Tribe who lived on Conoy (Heaters) Island, the guide enlightens as it informs the public of the first people to inhabit this land.

There is no charge for this event.

Directions to Monocacy Aqueduct:

From the south: Maryland Route 28 west, passing through the village of Dickerson, to Mouth of Monocacy Road. Turn LEFT and continue to the aqueduct.

From the north: Route 85 towards Buckeystown. Cross the bridge. You are now in Montgomery County and Route 85 is now Route 28. Continue about 2 miles to Mouth of Monocacy Road. Turn RIGHT onto Mouth of Monocacy Road and continue to the aqueduct.

For more information call Peg at 301-972-3452, or Chet at 301-972-8983.

Our website also includes other features, including access to a database of interesting materials, books, and many more photographs.

The guides are free, and carry no obligation. We do welcome comments and suggestions about the guides by phone or email and we always welcome new volunteers to help develop more trails!

We hope you enjoy your adventure in the country!


Peg Coleman, President
Sugarloaf Regional Trails

Upcoming Events!

We are looking forward to sharing A Glimpse inside Fritz Gutheim's Photo Album. Fritz was our founder and was very influential in conservation and farmland preservation, among many many other things. You can read more about him on our site - click here. This event will be held at the Poolesville Town Hall - date to be announced.