Cabin John Creek Challenge

The Challenge is an end-to-end 10 mile hike of the Cabin John Creek Trail from Rockville to the Potomac River that can be completed either in its entirety during the inaugural hike on May 28th or in segments anytime during 2022. Complete the hike during 2022 and receive a prize!


Our goal is to involve residents of the Cabin John Creek Watershed in a safe outdoor shared experience that will be meaningful and educate you on the watershed. 

Launch Event: May 28th at 10am (Rain Date May 29th)

A 10 mile hike from the start of the Cabin John Creek Trail at Goya Drive all the way down to the mouth of the Cabin John Creek as it empties into the Potomac River.  The festivities begin with a brief ceremony at 10 am,  followed by commencement of the hike.   We expect the hike to take 4-6 hrs depending on the pace of the hikers.

Local residents have the option of participating by hiking just a portion of the trail that is convenient and near their neighborhood.  For example, hikers can start at Goya Dr and end at Locust Grove Nature Center, approx. 3 miles or one third of the total hike.  Or start at the Nature Center and hike to the Potomac River (~6.5 miles).  Hiking smaller segments of just a mile or two from your favorite trailhead is welcome as well.



Checkout the QR codes posted along the Cabin John Creek Trail to learn more about the watershed, historical spots, and how you can help protect this valuable resource ! 

OR... complete the end to end hike in segments during 2022, record it on the hike log, and receive a prize! 


Meet at 10am the trailhead for the Cabin John Trail at the end of Goya Drive near Rockville (limited parking, plan to be dropped off).

Or join in as we hike down the trail at the following locations:

  • Locust Grove Nature Center / Democracy Blvd parking lot [Noon]

  • River Road Trailhead [1:30pm] (Limited parking, plan to be dropped off!)


Limited parking at Goya Drive!... so plan to carpool or be dropped off there. All Cabin John Creek trailheads have parking, so you can also start from other locations!

  • Park and walk a segment down and back to your car, or

  • Leave one car at the end and carpool/shuttle back to your car the start, or

  • Uber back to your starting point.

What do I need?

Your hiking shoes and a small backpack with:

  • Water Bottle

  • Lunch and snacks

  • Cell Phone 

  • Printed Map (We'll have them for you)

Water Stations

We will have staffed tables at the following locations with water to refill your water bottles, snacks, first aid kits and maps.​

  • Goya Drive Trailhead [START 10am]

  • Locust Grove Nature Center / Democracy Blvd parking lot [ALTERNATIVE START Noon]

  • River Road Trailhead [ALTERNATIVE START 1:30pm]

  • Cabin John Local Park Trailhead [MacArthur Blvd, near the one lane bridge] 


  • Tuckerman to Democracy trail - Cabin John Regional Park, porta-john at baseball fields

  • Democracy Blvd in Tennis Facility & Locust Grove Nature Center

  • Bradley Blvd Trailhead - porta-john in parking lot

  • Cabin John Local Park Trailhead - porta-john and Clara Barton Community Center

Prize / Reward

Complete the trail log during 2022 and receive a special edition FoCJC CJ Creek Challenge sticker! 

Share Your Progress!

Finished hiking a segment? or the whole thing end to end? Do you have pics of the creek or anything interesting along your hike? Share it on FoCJC's Facebook page, or post it to social media. Don't forget to tag #CJCChallenge


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Funding for this event provided by: Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County Water Quality Protection Fund

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