Locust Grove Nature Center

7777 Democracy Blvd,
Bethesda, MD 20817
Great for Portraits

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The Locust Grove Nature Center, nestled in the heart of Bethesda, Maryland, is a picturesque location steeped in history and natural beauty. Established in 1964, the center has evolved over the years into a vibrant environmental hub, offering a plethora of educational programs and recreational activities for the local community. Its enchanting landscape of lush, wooded areas, and rustic trail network make it an ideal spot for capturing unforgettable portrait memories.

The history of the Locust Grove Nature Center is deeply intertwined with the preservation of the natural environment in Bethesda. The park’s land was initially part of a 300-acre farm owned by the Shoemaker family in the 1800s. The property was later acquired by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which transformed it into a public park in the 1960s. The nature center’s creation was driven by a desire to conserve the area’s natural beauty and share it with the local community.

The Locust Grove Nature Center is spread across 12 acres of picturesque parkland, offering a serene backdrop for portraits. Its heavily wooded areas are adorned with a variety of native plants and trees, creating an idyllic, verdant setting. The rustic trail network that winds its way through the park provides a variety of enchanting scenes for photography, from secluded, sun-dappled glades to charming wooden footbridges crossing serene streams. The park’s natural beauty lends itself to creating stunning, timeless portraits that evoke a sense of tranquility and connection with nature.

While the Locust Grove Nature Center is a popular location for portrait sessions, it is essential to note that these activities must not impede the enjoyment of the park by other visitors. The center caters to numerous programs for local schools and youth-oriented groups, so depending on the time of day and week, it may be quite busy. It is crucial to be considerate and respectful of others when utilizing this public space for photography.

Location Limitations:

Session activities cannot impede the enjoyment of the park by anyone else. It should also be noted that this location serves quite a few programs for local schools and youth-oriented groups, and depending on the time of day and week, it may be quite busy.

Locust Grove Nature Center

7777 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 765-8660

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Permit Required:


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Best from:
April – November

Parking info:

There is parking available on site, just south of the park in the lot on Democracy Blvd.

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