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Woodend Nature Sanctuary

Enjoy the serenity of our wildflower meadow, walk our meandering trails, explore the aquatic life of our pond at our 40-acre nature sanctuary minutes from our nation's capital in Montgomery County, Maryland. No dogs or pets allowed in the Sanctuary. Please leave your pets at home. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. 

No admission fee.  

8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815  
Office hours: 9AM-5PM Monday - Friday
Shop hours: 10AM-5PM M-F, 9-5 Sat, 12-5 Sun


mansionWoodend Sanctuary is one of the few remaining grand old estates in Chevy Chase, Montgomery County, Maryland. The 40-acre property dates back to a 1699 colonial land grant. John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial and National Gallery of Art, designed the house in the late 1920's for Captain and Mrs. Chester Wells. With its architecture symmetry and geometric proportions, Woodend Mansion is an admired example of Georgian Revival. The Greek-style portico and entrances illustrate Pope's eclectic approach to the revival of classical forms. Inside, the large Palladian window over the first floor staircase, the French doors to the terrace, and the Georgian moldings enliven the Great Hall.

The Wells Family bequeathed the Woodend Mansion and property to the Audubon Naturalist Society in 1968. The Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation.

gazebo at woodend nature sanctuary


 Notable Trees at Woodend

Black Walnut tree at Woodend SanctuaryWoodend has several official records in the Maryland Big Tree Program, Department of Natural Resources Forestry Services.  

Black Walnut - Juglans nigra   Official Record  (shown right)

Blue Atlas Cedar - Cedrus atlantica   Official Record

English Oak - Quercus robur   Official Record

Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum    Official Record

Learn more about Woodend Plant Life.  





From the Capital Beltway (I-495) exit Connecticut Ave. South (exit 33) toward Chevy Chase. From Connecticut Ave. go left on Manor Road, right on Jones Bridge Road, and left on Jones Mill Road to 8940. View Map Or, get directions with Google Maps

Woodend Sanctuary
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

By Bicycle: You can reach Woodend on the hiker/biker trail in Rock Creek Stream Valley Park. Woodend adjoins the Park about one half mile north of the bridge across Rock Creek that carries the Capital Crescent Trail.

By Metro Rail and Metro Bus: Please be advised that it may be difficult to reach Woodend using public transportation--check schedules. From the Silver Spring Station or the Bethesda Station, take the J2 or J3 bus along East West highway. From either direction, exit the bus at Meadowbrook Lane. Walk north on the Rock Creek Hiker/Biker trail about one mile to the Woodend nature trail. During rush hour, the J1 bus stops at the intersection of Jones Bridge Road and Brierly Lane. Walk up the hill on Brierly Lane; the entrace to Woodend will be on your right. See for J1, J2, J3 schedule information and a map of the routes.

Free Beginner Bird Walks: Saturday mornings, September through November and March through June, and monthly in December, January, and February. Meet at 8 a.m. outside the Audubon Sanctuary Shop at Woodend. Bring binoculars or use ours. Walks last approximately one hour; registration is not required.

blue jay at Woodend Nature Sanctuary