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Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Upper Section

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North Germantown Special Park

Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Upper Section is a 14.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Montgomery Village, Maryland that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 14.5 miles Elevation Gain: 813 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

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. 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.

hiking
muddy
over grown
4 days ago

Great trail. Many different types of landscape and terrain. It rained a little which is what made it slightly muddy but nothing crazy. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

loved it, pretty busy and at one point we got lost because the marks weren't marked right, so we ended up turning around. but it was a beautiful day and fun.

recorded Recording - Nov 03, 04:48 PM

running
6 months ago

Beautiful fall conditions. Zero complaints.

hiking
muddy
off trail
6 months ago

hiked partway, to Brick rd. took some side trails. slightly muddy after rain yesterday.

recorded The Full Wildcat

running
9 months ago

Beautiful conditions, zero complaints.

recorded Recording - Jul 07, 04:59 PM

running
muddy
10 months ago

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

beautiful views. Mostly flat packed dirt, some rocks and tree roots. Some muddy area. I loved trail running this.

mountain biking
Sun May 26 2019

My first mountain bike ride ever, on a actual trail. I’m quite impressed! I’ll definitely be coming back. As there are plenty of miles to conquer.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
Thu Apr 04 2019

I really liked the trail and it's well marked however there is construction going on to make the trail better but for now it hinders the length of the trail. on the All Trails app map, marker "3.9" there should be a bridge. you can't bike through the river or run through it. it's too deep

hiking
muddy
Tue Mar 19 2019

running
Mon Dec 31 2018

Great trail but gets very muddy when it rains.

hiking
Sat Jul 29 2017

A well-marked trail I decided to do after a torrential flood through Great Seneca Stream Valley Park, following yesterday's pouring downpours for rainstorms. Nevertheless, I moved forward the whole time except for some pics I took and the fall I will shortly explain. I got a lot of motivating speedwork in, and I reckon I got spoiled by it. I encountered illusion mud toward the end -- path dirt that looks solid and packed hard but is oh so slippery mush! During the slamming fall that resulted, I inadvertently pressed "stop" on my recorded track about 1/2 mile from the end of my out-n-back. I was a muddy mess, but I'm good with that. Its a great trail, but not so good after a flood, and if you don't like getting muddied up.

hiking
Sat Jul 01 2017

Germantown Rd to Rifle Ford Rd 2.5 miles. Great network of trails but I was disappointed in how overgrown this section of the trail is and how very poorly it is marked in this section.

hiking
Sun Apr 16 2017

Great trail; consistent light blue blazes on trees just above eye-level; good trail markers (posts) with directional signage, good trail condition and fabulous views of the creek and forests. Perfect day to see fields of wild flowers and enjoy the fragrance of the flowering bushes. Plenty of bird activity with woodpeckers, towhees, , flickers, and a Great Blue Heron in the creek. Some hills, too.

Sun Jan 29 2017

Well maintained. Lots of fun.

hiking
Thu Oct 13 2016

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.

Wed Sep 21 2016

Good mix of hills, rocks, roots and gliding trail. No one else on trail. Great time

mountain biking
Thu Nov 29 2012

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! Edit - Clarity

mountain biking
Mon May 28 2012

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 ....

mountain biking
Mon May 21 2012

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.

hiking
Sun Mar 18 2012

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.

hiking
Fri Jan 20 2012

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.

mountain biking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

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