Little Bennett Regional Park is quite literally 'right next door' to Clarksburg, Maryland, as the photo on the right shows. The Park also has a Clarksburg address.
However, Little Bennett cannot be considered part of the 'town' of Clarksburg because technically Clarksburg is not classified as a town. Or a city, village or community.
Rather Clarksburg is classified by the US Census Bureau as a Census Designated Place (CDB), the same category given most other Montgomery County 'living spaces' including such addresses as Bethesda and Silver Spring. Other than the CDB designation, perhaps the one shared geographic concept among the Park and residents of the area is the same zip code - 20871.
Somewhat oddly, nearby Hyattstown is classified by the Census Bureau as a 'town' but it is contained within Clarksburg's 20871 zip code.
Clarksburg has deep rural and agricultural roots. Many homes in the community have been in the same family for generations. And the majority of land in Clarksburg is either part of the County's open-space protected Agriculture Reserve or contained within Little Bennett Regional Park.
However, Clarksburg is also the last major area of undeveloped land along the I-270 corridor in populous (nearly a million citizens!) and generally prosperous Montgomery County. And since about 2000 the 'new,' planned town of Clarksburg – called Clarksburg Town Center to help distinguish it from the more rural part of 20871 – has sprouted like corn from former farm fields. Despite the current economic slowdown, considerable future growth is expected in Clarksburg. As suggested by the previous paragraph, however, it will very largely be contained within the southeast quadrant of the 20871 zip code.
The following websites provide much additional useful information about Clarksburg, Maryland.
GeneralGood concise introduction to Clarksburg
A decent overview of what is available in Clarksburg and vicinity though not all content may be current. Categories include: events, news, family, resources, amenities, communities, recreation, restaurants, schools, services, shopping, work
Newland Communities Inc. site on Clarksburg Town Center
A fair amount of demographic data on Clarksburg from 2000 census; expect a lot of changes in the 2010 census
Map of Clarksburg zip code area (you may need to zoom out to see the full reach of the zip code)
PlanningMoCo Department of Planning Clarksburg site
MNCPPC Clarksburg Master Plan from 1994; despite its age, still contains a lot of useful information about Clarksburg
Civic GroupsClarksburg Civic Association Yahoo Group site (you need to be a member to view message boards)
Clarksburg Town Center Advisory Committee site
Homeowners AssociationsClarksburg Homeowners Association; informative site about the 'new' Clarksburg including a quarterly newsletter; some content restricted to people who live in the community
Highlands at Clarksburg Homeowners Association website
SchoolsFind information on individual schools in Clarksburg
ChurchesList of churches in Clarksburg
NewspaperThe Gazette is probably the best source of local news. Look under Damascus
Other Sites of Potential InterestGood, concise history of Hyattstown
Montgomery College study paper on Dowden's Ordinary, the historic tavern that was the community’s first building
MNCPPC website for Ovid Hazen Wells Park
US Geological Society study on the ecology of Clarksburg