Explore the most popular birding trails in Seneca Creek State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Super fun

hiking
2 months ago

Not a bad trail by any means, but little in the way of views or destination goal. Crop field crossing doesn't do it for me, but the covered woods are nice single track. Saw a few mountain bikers, but all passing was safe and in control (just know that this is a very popular off-road riding destination).

I think a moderate rating is proper. I run and bike regularly and I still felt my quads the next day. Worth going back, perhaps next time on two wheels.

Trail was beautiful. Early part was more secluded. recommend pants if you don’t like grass brushing you. We wore shorts and were fine though. When we went (summer) some of the old pond trail was not completely cleared.

The lake is beautiful and as a result can get crowded.

Beautiful views of the "frozen" lake. It was very cold, but still a great New Year's Day hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Warning -- might be closed for hunting right now. I haven't been there, but the DNR website says it's closed for the 2 week firearm hunting season, which looks to be 11/24/17 through the second weekend of December. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-deer-hunting-firearms-20171124-story.html
http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/publiclands/central/schaefferfarm.aspx

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Parked at playground area. Bathroom was clean (enough). Dirty toilets are a deal breaker for me. Nice easy hike, decent views of lake with some really beautiful little inlet pond areas that were surprisingly free of mosquitoes. Lots of company on trail that day-- families with little kids, seniors, pets, mountain biking. No areas too steep or tricky but still managed to strain my ankle a bit. Amateur hikers like me should invest in real hiking shoes not just sneakers. I prefer shorter more intense hikes than longer easier ones. Not sure it's worth the $3 entrance fee when Black Hill Regional is free but it's another good option.

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Really fun- definitely on the intermediate side, but well worth it, and a perfect place for people newer to the sport to cut their teeth

excellent trail

Nice hike once you are on the trail located in the park.

Nice scenery by the lake. Also, the trail had pleasant ups and downs in elevation.

Just a really great trail and 4 minutes from our house - wish we found it earlier

Did the east side & turned around at Germantown Rd. Excellent 7 miles. Will do the southwest side next time down to upper Potomac.

mountain biking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Been riding Schaeffer Farm for 10 years. One of my favorites. However, it is very popular with a lot of clubs, student riding groups, and summer camps. So expect a fairly high degree of traffic during prime season. Watch out for inexperienced riders back there in some of the blind corners and hills. There are some spots where riders get moving a bit too fast and have trouble avoiding collisions. It's an intermediate trail and some go a little faster than they should in spots with poor visibility.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Great trails. needs some clearing work in parts. hanging brush was a little much. whoop section was awesome

Great, easy hike. Beautiful lake views. Lots of shade. Perfect for a hot day!

A beautiful hike around the lake. Easy beginner hike and great for dogs! Note: it's $3/person for MD residents and $5/person for all others to drive into the park but there is a small parking lot before the ranger gate you can park in and walk into the park for free!

Good one!

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

A bit awkward sharing the trail as it seemed like mountain bikers were the main users of the trail, but I don't mind. I loved the change of scenery on this trail. One minute, you're in the woods, next a cropfield, next a river. I don't mind views, but some might not be overly impressed.

$3 per person to get in but the lake is beautiful and peaceful. Great spots for hammocking off the main trails next to the water.

Would definitely come back for a picnic-not a fan of the power lines. It was a good exercise regardless!

hiking
Monday, January 30, 2017

Great trail!!

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

length and view of lake were nice but this trail is heavily worn, felt like we had to look down the entire time so we wouldn't trip on the tons of roots showing through.

my dog loves this trail and so do I!

Outside of the little trash on the ground, it's a very good walk

Monday, October 24, 2016

the trail is beautiful and large enough that you don't run into a lot of people.

Nice trail. Well traveled. Shady, mostly flat with nice scenery. Disappointing amount of trash on the trail hence the 3 stars.

Peaceful and quite. Some gorgeous spots - take in the scenery. Mostly shaded and well travelled trails with wide clearings. You can veer off the blue and at time stay very close to the shore.

horseback riding
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Been riding this trails for 10 years and they never get old! Plenty of parking for cars and horse trailers and easy to read maps

I use to run this trail and it is peaceful and beautiful.

Great trail around the lake! Dogs loved it, as did I!

Peaceful.

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