Muddy Branch

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Muddy Branch
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Muddy Branch Stream near Esworthy Rd
Location
CountryUnited States
StateMaryland
CountiesMontgomery
Physical characteristics
Source 
 • locationGaithersburg, MD
MouthPotomac River
 • location
North of Pennyfield Lock, Potomac, MD
 • coordinates
39°03′16″N 77°17′37″W / 39.05444°N 77.29361°W / 39.05444; -77.29361
Length11.9 miles (19.2 km)

Muddy Branch is a tributary stream of the Potomac River in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, located about 14 miles (23 km) northwest of Washington, D.C.

Course[edit]

The headwaters of the stream originate in Gaithersburg, and the stream flows southwest for 11.9 miles (19.2 km),[1] through Muddy Branch Park and Blockhouse Point Conservation Park, under the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal near Pennyfield Lock, to the Potomac River.

Tributaries[edit]

  • Decoverly Tributary
  • Dufief Tributary
  • Lakes Tributary
  • Pennyfield Lock Tributary
  • Potomac Grove Tributary
  • Query Mill Tributary
  • Quince Orchard Knolls Tributary
  • Rich Branch
  • Route 28 Tributary

Recreation[edit]

Parts of Muddy Branch flow through Blockhouse Point Conservation Park and the Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park. The Muddy Branch Greenway Trail is a 9 miles (14 km) long natural surface trail that runs from the Potomac River to Darnestown Road.[2] along Muddy Branch. There is a boat ramp on Muddy Branch just before it goes under the C & O canal that can be used by small boats (such as canoes and kayaks) to access the Potomac River.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed August 15, 2011
  2. ^ "Muddy Branch Greenway Trail". Montgomery County Department of Parks. 2019-10-22. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  3. ^ "Pennyfield Lock Neighborhood Conservation Area". Montgomery County Department of Parks. 2020-01-02. Retrieved 2020-10-21.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°04′58″N 77°16′06″W / 39.082689°N 77.268208°W / 39.082689; -77.268208