I have been running different segments of this trail for the past couple of months now without incident. Today I ran 118 towards Riffleford Rd and encountered several snakes in one particular stretch. Yikes ! One was even coiled. I was unable to identify them as I ran out as fast as I could. Incentive to kick it up more hey ? I would recommend going off the trail following another trail up in the field. I am not sure if it connects back to the blue blazes though. I will try to download the tracker map if I can figure it out. I Will not be returning to this particular leg but love love love this trail in general.
The section on the C&O canal was beautiful and full of wildlife! However, the linkups were incredibly confusing, and the trails were not very well maintained. At the west end of the canal, you have to walk down Violette's Lock Road, down a side road towards residential houses, and pick up an unmarked trail that weaves in and out of park land (sketchy).
Easy hike. Not much of a view of the river if you just walk down the clear cut.
But a decent view of the Potomac from the rocks. If you take the trail to the right that is about halfway down the clear cut. Little bridge to cross to get to it.
Anastasia D. on Blockhouse Point Loop Trail
Blended the woodsy trails with the C&O on a balmy December day. It was absolutely beautiful and a great mix of easy walking and short climbs. We brought our 60lb shepherd mix and she had a blast. There are several trails in this part of the woods; I'd do this loop again and trade out some of the trails back to the car for a different view. We probably had a better view of the river since the leaves were off the trees but I'm sure it would still be pretty in spring/summer.
Walked from C&O Canal (Riley's lock) to Berryville Rd.
The C&O parking area and Seneca creek mouth are crowded! But plenty of parking; and a functional water fountain right at the canal.
The trail portion from C&O canal to River Road isn't clearly marked - going North along canal, cross the creek, and suddenly a footpath appears on your right that crosses the Canal. Follow it a bit, and and old mill ruin greets you, along with a 0milepost for the Greenway.
The Greenway then follows a gravel country road along Seneca Creek; which is not really a hike in my book; hence only 4 stars. Once crossing River Road, the trail is on the hardtop River Road to cross the creek, then an immediate Left onto Old Seneca Road--not really pleasant as you're on asphalt for another quarter mile or so. There are blue poles that evidently serve as blazes along the shoulder til the trailhead on the left takes the path back into the woods. Big sign, can't miss it - also room for a car or two to park on the shoulder opposite the trailhead.
The 1.3 miles to Berryville road are terrific --easy, fast hiking, a few bridges and lots of seclusion.
Enjoyed it and will go back to do the rest of the lower portion up to Rt 28, and then finish the middle and upper portions including the Magruder Trail connections.
Walked this today from Black Rock Mill Road to The Potomac River. Well marked and easy to follow, though a bit weedy in places. Saw only two other people on the entire stretch even on this holiday weekend. More surprisingly, saw no canoes or kayaks until I got within a 1/2 mile of the mouth of Seneca Creek at Seneca Landing. Saw a couple deer, squirrels, and a chipmunk. The chorus of singing birds all along this trail are a treat. Have now walked The Seneca Greenway Trail in two sections on two consecutive days from Rt. 355. Considering this trail's proximity to the DC metro area, it's surprisingly rural, woodsy, and, amazingly, very few road crossings. If you're looking for a trail to find some solitude without making a long drive to get there, this trail is a good choice.