Last Updated: August 28, 2006
The map linked below shows the entire DC Beltway area and indicates
the general locations for the meeting places and for the picnic/vertical
training area. See the individual maps below for more detail.
DC Area Map (92 KB)
Take I 270 north towards Frederick, MD. Exit at Rt. 28 west (Darnestown Rd.) and follow signs for Rt. 28. Turn left at Muddy Branch Rd. (first light after Key West Hwy. and Darnestown Rd. merge), right onto DuFief Mill Rd. after 0.2 miles and immediately turn left into the recreation center parking lot (~120° turn).
From areas north of Gaithersburg/Rockville:
Take I 270 south towards Gaithersburg and Rockville, MD. Exit at Sam
Eig Hwy. (I 370) west and turn right at Great Seneca Hwy. (where Sam Eig
Hwy. ends). Make a left onto Muddy Branch Rd., turn right onto DuFief Mill
Rd (0.2 miles past the intersection with Rt. 28) and immediately turn left
into the recreation center parking lot (~120° turn).
Map to Westleigh Recreation Center (40 KB)
Take the Capital Beltway (US 495) to exit 41, which is at the Maryland end of the Cabin John (American Legion) Bridge. Coming from Maryland, there is only one ramp and it will put you westbound on the Clara Barton Parkway (shown on some maps as the George Washington Memorial Parkway). From Virginia, the exit ramp splits - take the left branch to get to the westbound lanes of the Clara Barton. Once on the Parkway, take the first exit (at the David Taylor Detachment of the Naval Surface Warfare Center), turn left at the top of the ramp and follow the road under the C&O canal to a 'T' intersection.
Our picnics are held in the area directly ahead. Convenient parking
is available to the right or left. The climbing area is to the right, at
the last parking lot. Follow the trail past the bathrooms to reach the
top of the cliffs.
Map to Carderock Recreation Area (44 KB)