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
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
NOTE: Riders using unauthorized Fire Access Roads may be subject to a Civil
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:
- Supplee Lane Picnic Area
- Burtons Lane
- Dustin Road West
- Kruhm Road
- Batson Road
- Brogden Road
- Ednor Road
- 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.