Schaeffer Farm Trail

MODERATE 60 reviews
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Schaeffer Farm Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boyds, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
688 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Popular multi-use trail near Germantown, MD Schaeffer Farm is a popular hiker/biker/equestrian trail complex near the South Germantown Recreational Area and Soccerplex. The yellow trail is the longest of five color-coded trails. Using multiple trails, many variants are available. The trail can also be combined with the Hoyle's Mill Trail for a long trek. Trails are well-marked. A map is displayed at every trail junction with an arrow pointing to the parking lot. Schaeffer Farm is a joint project of the Maryland DNR and the Mid Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE). The trail is populated primarily by bicycles. In the interest of courtesy and safety, hikers should be prepared to step off the trail at the approach of bikers. They can get going pretty fast down the hills. Get there early - the parking lot, although relatively large, can fill up quickly.

hiking
7 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

Monday, July 03, 2017

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

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.

Monday, October 24, 2016

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

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

mountain biking
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Fun but hard mountain bike series of trails. Very well marked with inter winding trails thru out. The orange offshoot to the yellow trails has a series of switch backs which were really tough, but fun. Used but never too crowded. Nice you can ride both directions.

hiking
Saturday, July 20, 2013

First part of the yellow trail is a nice walk in the woods. I has fortunate to see a coyote!

hiking
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Decent hike...I felt like it was 50% good and 50% ehhh. I'm not a big open field/crop hiker, so I guess that's why I didn't like the whole thing. Tons of wildlife and the wooded areas were kept up very well. The trail itself was labeled very well and everything was clean, which is a huge plus.

I would come back, but perhaps try another trail.

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