Discover Darnestown, MD

Country Living Adjacent to Vast Urban Opportunity

Darnestown, MD has struck the perfect balance between luxurious countryside living and easy access to all the amenities surrounding Washington, DC. This small and charming community is nestled into lush forest and rolling hills between Potomac and Rockville along the shores of the Potomac River, just minutes from all the attractions of Gaithersburg and Rockville. Yet despite its proximity to the best of the DC area, Darnestown feels like a secluded country retreat. If you’re looking for quiet living on the brink of suburbia, then Darnestown is the place to start your search.

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Why Do Residents Choose Darnestown?

Parks & recreation

Darnestown is located just minutes from the C&O Canal, Great Seneca Creek, the Potomac River, and the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, so it offers more than a few opportunities for getting outside. Paddle along the C&O Canal. Lace on your boots or grab your mountain bike to take on the Muddy Branch Greenway Trail or the Seneca Ridge Trail. Love horseback riding? Darnestown has miles of equestrian trails just waiting to be explored. The community even offers its own local parks, like Darnestown Square Park and Lighthouse Point Park.


Darnestown might be a quiet community, but there's still plenty of fun to be found within its boundaries. Bretton Woods Recreation Center, located along the shores of the C&O Canal and the Potomac, offers golf, tennis, soccer, swimming, outdoor sports, two restaurants, and a world of activities. The Darnestown Swim & Racquet Club and Capitol Polo Club are also popular recreational and social destinations among Darnestown residents, while the Darnestown Civic Association provides additional activities—such as an adult softball league—and plenty of events, like the Tree Lighting, Spring Social, or Hoedown.

Public schools

Darnestown residents are served by Montgomery County Public Schools, which educates over 160,000 students across Montgomery County. The district is known for its high standardized test scores, its outstanding academics and college prep courses, and its top-performing athletics. Additionally, the district ranks among the best school districts in Maryland for its teachers, its safety, its sports, its diversity, and its overall performance.

Shopping & dining

Darnestown is mostly residential and rural, but it does have a small shopping center with a Harris Teeter and a few other businesses. Just outside of Darnestown, in nearby Kentlands, you’ll find larger commercial centers that offer conveniences, restaurants, and other retail destinations. Just a little farther down the road, in Gaithersburg, you’ll find a plethora of shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations, like RIO and Downtown Crown.

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Darnestown at a Glance

Travel & Commute

Rockville: 20 min
Bethesda: 30 min
Washington, DC: 45 min
Reagan Int’l Airport: 40 min
Major Roads: MD-112, I-270, I-370
Metro Station: Shady Grove (Red Line)

Quick Facts

Population: 6,800
Growth Since 2000: +6.6%
Zip Codes: 20854, 20874, 20878
County: Montgomery

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