Schaeffer Farm Trail

MODERATE 58 reviews
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Schaeffer Farm Trail is a 8.8 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
8.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
600 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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
19 days 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

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5 months ago

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

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6 months ago

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.

6 months ago