Look Out for Wild Orchids and Aquatic Animals at Rachel Carson Conservation Park

This park boasts six miles of "natural surface" trails for hikers and horseback riders.

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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).

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This article appears in our May 2015 issue of Washingtonian.