As the weather warms up and residents feel like getting outside, Montgomery Parks announces the Ale Trail Festival, ahead of St. Patrick’s Day on March 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents begin their outdoor adventure at the Hiker-Biker Trail parking lot at Needwood Lake in Rock Creek Regional Park. True Respite Brewing will quench the thirst of residents with various beers for purchase both at the main event area and at a fuel station halfway through the ride.
After the hike, residents are invited to spend the rest of the day dancing to Irish Capital Effect musicians and snacking on treats at O’Boy Pizza.
Participation is free, food and alcohol are available by purchase only. No alcohol is permitted on the Needwood Lake Trail or outside of the event area.
People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are welcome and must follow all dog park rules. The Westside trail is compressed gravel, which should be fine for hikers with strollers, wheelchairs, or walkers. However, the main entrance to the trail is gravel and Montgomery Parks asks hikers to plan accordingly.
The county’s indoor mask mandate expired Feb. 22, so face coverings won’t be required in any of the areas. Free parking is available at the event site. There are two entrances to the eastern portion of the park, one south of Needwood Road at Beach Drive and the other west of Avery Road at Needwood Lake Drive.