Named for the famous conservationist and onetime Silver Spring resident, Rachel Carson Conservation Park in Brookeville offers six miles of trails through a landscape of forest, ponds, streams, and fields. Hikers should look out for orchids (the park has several species) and aquatic animals such as newts and salamanders. (22201 Zion Rd.; no drinking water or restrooms).
This article appears in our May 2015 issue of Washingtonian.