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Poolesville, Maryland Map

Last time, I hiked this trail, it was in May. While it was humid that time, today the air was cooler and the trail wasn't as muddy as last time. Our group went off the path a bit to make a pit stop at a nearby winery before heading back.

Good ride trail is dry and cool weather

This is a great trail for a novice cyclist like me! It’s flat pretty much the whole way and the trail is well kept. The trail is hard pack dirt and some lose gravel so road bikes won’t work but my hybrid and mountain bikes are fine. This could be a whole day event or just a half hour. From here you can bike to Great Falls National Park (about 10- 11 miles) if you head south. It’s scenic, not a lot of people until you hit great falls (based on an introverts opinion). Great for families and dogs are allowed.

Trail was muddy due to a strom from last night. The weather was a bit humid and skies were overcast. But it was still a nice hike including a stop at a nearby winery. The hike was pretty easy despite the mud and a river crossing.

Great hike along the canal. A lot people riding bikes and few people walking dogs. The southern part their was mud and bugs.

mountain biking
Friday, June 01, 2018

Great day hike, packing route. Plenty of campsites to stop along the way or call for the night. Great views of the Potomac, some fishing opportunities on both the Canal and the River. Great family hike. No noticeable slope, packed terrain. North of Seneca Landing gets bad after rainy weather. Going to try an overnight bike ride soon

we only walked half yesterday, but will go back and finish the rest. I love walking and biking the C&O and plan on doing all of the C&O before the summer is out. Very easy walking, very clean trail, beautiful view of the river and the canal.

mountain biking
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Flat terrain beautiful scenery light bike traffic.

Great hike.

Relaxing and easy stroll along tow path between the Potomac River and C&O canal.

My go-to hike for times it's just the dog and me. Not very busy, nice views. Spectacular sunsets over the Potomac.

Monday, December 05, 2016

I have been running different segments of this trail for the past couple of months now without incident. Today I ran 118 towards Riffleford Rd and encountered several snakes in one particular stretch. Yikes ! One was even coiled. I was unable to identify them as I ran out as fast as I could. Incentive to kick it up more hey ? I would recommend going off the trail following another trail up in the field. I am not sure if it connects back to the blue blazes though. I will try to download the tracker map if I can figure it out. I Will not be returning to this particular leg but love love love this trail in general.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Took our 4 month old pup from Berryville Rd to the Potomac. Good short hike. Saw one group of people on the trails the whole time which was nice.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Walked from C&O Canal (Riley's lock) to Berryville Rd. The C&O parking area and Seneca creek mouth are crowded! But plenty of parking; and a functional water fountain right at the canal. The trail portion from C&O canal to River Road isn't clearly marked - going North along canal, cross the creek, and suddenly a footpath appears on your right that crosses the Canal. Follow it a bit, and and old mill ruin greets you, along with a 0milepost for the Greenway. The Greenway then follows a gravel country road along Seneca Creek; which is not really a hike in my book; hence only 4 stars. Once crossing River Road, the trail is on the hardtop River Road to cross the creek, then an immediate Left onto Old Seneca Road--not really pleasant as you're on asphalt for another quarter mile or so. There are blue poles that evidently serve as blazes along the shoulder til the trailhead on the left takes the path back into the woods. Big sign, can't miss it - also room for a car or two to park on the shoulder opposite the trailhead. The 1.3 miles to Berryville road are terrific --easy, fast hiking, a few bridges and lots of seclusion. Enjoyed it and will go back to do the rest of the lower portion up to Rt 28, and then finish the middle and upper portions including the Magruder Trail connections.

Beautiful path! Didn't complete the entire trail but will definitely be back for it!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Walked this today from Black Rock Mill Road to The Potomac River. Well marked and easy to follow, though a bit weedy in places. Saw only two other people on the entire stretch even on this holiday weekend. More surprisingly, saw no canoes or kayaks until I got within a 1/2 mile of the mouth of Seneca Creek at Seneca Landing. Saw a couple deer, squirrels, and a chipmunk. The chorus of singing birds all along this trail are a treat. Have now walked The Seneca Greenway Trail in two sections on two consecutive days from Rt. 355. Considering this trail's proximity to the DC metro area, it's surprisingly rural, woodsy, and, amazingly, very few road crossings. If you're looking for a trail to find some solitude without making a long drive to get there, this trail is a good choice.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Great place for a variety of activities. As in the other review I didn't see any canoeing. Lots of beautiful scenery and places to stroll. Dog friendly, a definite plus. For those interested in group sports or working out, there are lots of options. Signs could be a little more detailed and visible as it is a little difficult to find the routes you're looking for on the first visit. Well manicured and not too infested with bugs flying around.

paddle sports
Sunday, November 06, 2011

This area actually has a lot to offer the experienced and casual out door enthusiast alike. We are fortunate to have such natural beauty and easy access to enjoy this natural resource so close to home. One of the attractive things for me is, the canoe/kayak/boat launch ramp so close to the parking lot and historically scenic attractions. I recommend this location to anyone who wants a quick escape from the concrete jungle and be able to make it home in enough time for dinner...or you can hang out and watch the sunset over the tree line on the Potomac.

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