Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Upper Section is a 14.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Montgomery Village, MD that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Wooded natural trail along Great Seneca Creek The Seneca Creek Greenway Trail follows Great Seneca Creek in Montgomery County, MD. It is a wooded, natural surface trail that extends 26 miles from the Potomac River to the Damascus Regional Park trail system. The trail is intersected by several roads, most of which have areas to park. Parking locations are noted on the map. Using these crossroads, you may tailor the distance of the hike. You may choose an out-and-back hike or a point-to-point hike if you have two cars. For detailed instructions and trail notes, please see www.senecatrail.org. www.nc-mncppc.org/trails/trails_maps.shtm also has a map of this upper section of the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail. This is the upper section of the trail. It extends from the Watkins Mill Road crossing to the end of the existing Seneca Greenway Trail and onto the Magruder Stream Valley extension trail to the Damascus Regional Park trail.
Nice trail, easy hiking and biking. We only did the partial trail from Brink to Watkins Mill. At Watkins Mill it becomes a sidewalk, rather than a trail. The trail is popular, so we looked for an off peak time over Labor Day.
Good mix of hills, rocks, roots and gliding trail. No one else on trail. Great time
From 355 to Damascus is a great bike ride. You meet up with the paved portion of the Magruder trail on the far end. Nice remote(ish) scenery. As stated below the trail is closed to bikes west of 355, but you can pick it up again at Clopper lake and make a GREAT route via Clopper - Brink - Seneca Ridge (New MORE trail) - Schaeffer farms & back. Too bad there isn't a bike option so you could go from Damascus - Schaeffer farms & back. As a side note, with a little stint of road riding (from Black Rock Mill to 28 is closed, again, to bikes) you can hook up to the Seneca Bluffs trail and make it all the way to the Potomac!
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Did the 355- Brink Rd section.... nature in its truest form. Deer, rabbits and even a tortoise. Great time. One caution... at the Brink Rd entry point, there are two trails leading into the woods.... please do not follow the one to the right(near the river) ... a thick batch of poison ivy variant (these were not vines... just tall plants with flat leaves). Couldn't stop until I was in the thick of it.
What's with the shady looking building with a diesel generator and five (5) huge antennas near Watkins Mill Rd ? Anyone know ....
Loved it... did the Brink Rd - Damascus leg. Even, smooth ride. This trail was well marked and very hard to veer off track. Planning to go back and do the Brink - 355 leg soon.
Walked this trail yesterday on an incredibly warm and nice day for mid-March! It was my first time there. I entered the trail from the 355 side and followed the "blue dot" trail. It wasn't that challenging, moderate ups and downs, as well as "ankle twisters" to watch out for as someone else who reviewed this pointed out. Saw lots of wildlife, and other hikers (people on bikes, with dogs, with kids, joggers). The trail was really dry but some places may be prone to getting muddy due to it's location next to the creek. I took 2 photos which I posted in the pictures section.
Your typical DC area wooded trail. Moderate ups and downs, myriad of ankle twisters, great views of Seneca creek, stream crossing some not trivial are some of the elements of this trail. Don't take your kids.