A few weeks ago, I took the girls to explore Lake Needwood for the first time. I had driven past it several times before and finally decided we needed to check it out. At the time we visited, the lake was still frozen and strikingly beautiful. Clara and Mae had a great time looking for “treasures” and had quite the collection of sticks, leaves, and acorns.
After posting this photo on Instagram, the author of Hiking Along recommended I visit nearby Lake Frank. So, when when Mother Nature gave us a gorgeous day last week I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take the girls for a picnic and hike.
I pulled into the parking lot and noticed there was a paved path leading into the wooded area so I decided to let Clara ride her bike. We started out on the path and it got very steep so I helped her walk her bike down the hill where the path became level. Then we came to an incredible view and decided this was a perfect picnic spot. It is about 1/4 of a mile from the parking lot to the lake.
After the picnic we continued along the path and the girls wanted to feed the ducks, so we walked down closer to the lake.
It is really a quiet and peaceful area; such a nice haven from suburbia. Many Montgomery County residents don’t even realize it exists. We only walked about a quarter of the way around the 54 acre lake before Clara got tired, so we turned around and headed back to the parking lot. The pathway is paved for first section of the trail but is unpaved for the remaining 2/3 of the trail. The trails can also be accessed from Meadowside Nature Center, which is another great place to take kids.
The best part about Lake Frank is that its so close and easy to get to! It’s located in Derwood, just east of Rockville, so it is only a 15-20 minute drive from Bethesda/Potomac. Sometimes it’s just nice to escape traffic and crowds and find a peaceful spot like Lake Frank. There is a lot more here to explore. So we will definitely return for more hiking, bike riding and picnicking this summer!