Summary: Seneca Creek State Park contains several marked, color-coded trails. Many combinations are possible so you can design your own hike. you can do loops, one-ways, or out-and-backs. Referring to the topo map numbering system, the trails are:
1. Lake Shore Trail, dark blue markings, 3.7 miles, loop
2. Longdraft Trail, white markings, 2.5 miles, point-to-point
3. Yellow Trail, yellow markings, 2 miles, point-to-point/loop.
4. Old Pond Trail, red markings, 0.5 miles, point-to-point/loop
5. Seneca Creek Greenway Trail, teal blue markings, 2.8 miles, point-to-point. elevation profile is for this trail. An orange-marked trail connects the Visitor Center Parking lot to this trail.
More information on the park's trails, activities, facilities, and fees can be found at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/seneca.html.
Trailhead: Located in central Montgomery County, MD.
Directions from south or east: Take I-270 North from the Capital Beltway. Take exit 10, Clopper Road (Rte 117 W). The park entrance is about 2 miles on the left. The entrance is clearly marked.
Directions from north and west: Take I-270 South from Fredrick, MD. Take exit 15, Germantown Road (Rte 118 W). Travel 2 miles then take a left onto Clopper Road (Rte 117 E). Travel about 2.5 miles. Park entrance is on the right.
Use the park map to select a parking spot and trailhead. (Lat:39.15079 Lon:-77.2473)
Trail Guides for Trails of Seneca Creek State Park:
Country Walks Near Washington
by Alan Fisher (Rambler Books)
Hikes in the Washington Region Part A Montgomery and Frederick in Maryland
by Potomac Applachian Trail club (Potomac Applachian Trail Club)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service, 1-800-830-3974
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Richard Denton, who has posted 18 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by AG on 10/13/2010
Really liked hiking here with my kids as well. We found the trails very empty (and very clean! no litter!) which is surprising for park so close in to suburban areas. The trails are not very hard, but are very wooded and nice. My only complaint would be that it was tough to get away from noise of traffic and lawn mowers. The trails are not far from the road and there was lots of mowing being done on the fields. I wrote a detailed review on my blog: http://whereyouareplanted.blogspot.com/2010/10/seneca-creek-state-park-just-us-and.html
Reviewed by DMM on 9/13/2009
We hiked the Lake Shore trail and our party included an 8 year old. The hike was varied in hills and dips. Fairly easy but glad we had water with us. The view of the water was a real plus. At points the water is quite shallow and fish and turtles can be seen swimming. There is a playground so when the hiking was finished there was a play option. Enjoyed the hike and would certainly do it again.
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