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WSSC HORSEBACK RIDING*
(January 1 through December 31)

Horseback riding will be permitted on such sections of the WSSC watershed property as may be designated by the Commission for this purpose. Riding will be permitted only between sunrise and sunset. Every person 16 years of age or older (except those who are 65 years of age or older, disabled or handicapped) desiring to ride horseback over the trails maintained by the Commission must possess a valid Watershed Use Permit.

PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 MAY RIDE FOR FREE BUT MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A VALID PERMIT HOLDER.

Every Watershed Use Permit is issued subject to the condition that it may be revoked by the Commission whenever the holder thereof has been found violating any of these regulations and the Commission may refuse any such person the privilege of any further riding on the bridle trails. No refund will be made on the revoked Watershed Use Permits.

A Watershed Use Permit is valid only when used by the person to whom it was issued. A PERMIT MUST BE CARRIED AT ALL TIMES WHILE RIDING ON COMMISSION PROPERTY. THE SEASONAL WATERSHED USE PERMIT IS VALID FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR IN WHICH IT IS PURCHASED.

The bridle trails may be closed in wet weather to protect the watershed from erosion. RIDERS MUST NOT USE THE TRAILS IF THEY ARE WET OR MUDDY. CHASING OF FOX ON HORSEBACK ON WSSC PROPERTY IS NOT PERMITTED.

All trails are clearly marked either by a painted symbol/blaze or by stenciled signs. Trails are located in marked areas of the wooded terrain and also along short portions of the fire access roads. These trails are maintained by the Commission for the use of persons holding a valid WSSC riding (Watershed Use) permit.

Entrance through Commission fencing to the bridle paths shall be through authorized private openings and openings marked "Bridle Trail Entrance - Riding by Paid Permit Only." Only these authorized entrances may be used for access to the trails.

NOTE: Riders using unauthorized Fire Access Roads may be subject to a Civil Citation.

Riding will be permitted:

On the Prince George’s/ Montgomery County side of the T. Howard Duckett Reservoir from the electric transmission line at Brooklyn Bridge Road to Tucker Lane. Access points are located at:

  1. Supplee Lane Picnic Area
  2. Burtons Lane
  3. Dustin Road West
  4. Kruhm Road
  5. Batson Road
  6. Brogden Road
  7. Ednor Road
  8. Tucker Lane

Riders are urged to report any vandalism or erosion, whenever it is encountered on the property, to a Watershed Patrol Officer, or by calling the Brighton Dam Visitors’ Information Center at 301-774-9124.

The Commission reserves the right to further limit or to eliminate entirely all horseback riding if such limitations are necessary for the protection of the reservoir(s) and watershed property.