Boyds is a very rural and small town, with old time values and true American patriotism that can only be found in these small towns. Boyds has long been a center of mining activity, and the newly protected land holds significant potential for mineral extraction-long deemed the greatest risk to the agricultural fields, wetlands, wooded stream valleys and mature forests on the property. In recent years, however, a greater threat has cast its shadow on this area-development prominent in other parts of Montgomery County.
Just 25 miles north of Washington DC along the commuter rail line, Boyds faces a critical decision-whether to hold on to its rural character and farming roots or to develop. Over the last two decades, the adjacent community of Germantown has grown by approximately 2,000 households per year.
Black Hill Nature Center was added to the 1,843-acre Black Hill Regional Park visitor center building to provide insight about the wildlife and natural resources found here. The main activity is Boyds are Adult programs led here since this park is located further away from highly populated areas and schools. Many of the programs focus on aquatic life found on Little Seneca Lake. Fishing on the pier, canoeing, and riding the Osprey pontoon boat are among favorite activities. A wide variety of other activities are available such as hiking, bike riding, picnicking, playing on playgrounds and volleyball courts, exercising on a fitness course or just taking in the spectacular views of the lake.
At Black Hill Lake, naturalist-guides take small groups on Pontoon Boat tours to examine the aquatic life and enjoy breathtaking sunsets. You may search for birds, bats and beaver along the lake or take a workshop to learn how to fish, canoe or kayak. Child-friendly kayaks offer youngsters the stability they need while learning to kayak with ease
The community of Boyds has worked to protect this property for more than 30 years. The Hoyles Mill Conservation Park is at the center of a green corridor that stretches between the Potomac and Patuxent rivers, linking more than 5,000 acres of protected land. The State Department of Natural Resources holds a conservation easement that ensures the protection of the land's natural resources. The property was transferred to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which will open the park for hiking and horseback riding.
Boyds is a place where you can bond with nature, a place where you can get away from it all. If you truly want to get away from it all, and want spectacular nature hiking, then Boyds is for you. If your a nature enthusiast, but still want to be able to commute into DC., you can also find a home in Boyds.