Park Quest 2019

Clopper Lake Shoreline in Seneca Creek State ParkSeneca Creek State Park Quest
"The Seneca Scheme"

Quest Information

Getting off the beaten path and exploring some of the parks exhibits are a great way to learn new information and get exercise while doing it! This quest will take you on a trek through the park to several stations. Each station will have a post located near it with information relating to one of the parks natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources. There are two routes to choose from to complete this quest. One is fairly easy whereas the other is more difficult and involves doing certain things at each station to complete. Each station has a post and information card, which will also provide part of the code to help you unlock the stamp box at the end.

Station 1 is the start of the quest where you can find packets available if you did not bring your own. The starting spot will provide you with your first clue of where to go, with a choice of either the easier "Off the Beaten Path" (Route A), or the more difficult "Healthy Parks Healthy People Path" (Route B)..

Route A- Off the Beaten Path (Easy) Start at Lot A

  • Station 1- Cupolas exhibit (Historical)
  • Station 2-Terrace Field (Cultural)
  • Station 3- Boat Center Fishing Pier (Natural)
  • Station 4-Tire playground (Recreational)

Route B- Healthy Parks Healthy People Path (Difficult) Start at Lot A

  • Station 1-Terrace Field (Cultural)
  • Station 2- Peony Garden (Historical)
  • Station 3- Boat Center Fishing Pier (Natural)
  • Station 4-Tire playground (Recreational)

Junior Rangers Paddling Clopper Lake.pngBonus Quest Information

For those who want to go the extra mile… a bonus quest will be available to families who are interested in boating out to the beaver lodge on Clopper Lake. Families will be able to book a canoe and paddle out to the beaver lodge, and learn some fun beaver facts along the way.

 

The Seneca Scheme Park Quest Worksheet​

 
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Seneca Creek State Park​ is comprised of 6,300 acres, extends along 14 scenic miles of Seneca Creek, as it winds its way to the Potomac River. The Clopper Day-Use Area contains many scenic areas, including the 90-acre Clopper Lake, surrounded by forests and fields. Picnicking, boat rentals, trails and a tire playground are just some of its recreational opportunities. A restored 19th century cabin and a self-guided path interpret the history of the area. Over 50 miles of trails are open for hiking, horseback riding and bicycling which wind through a variety of habitat.

Address

Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Rd.
Gaithersburg MD 20878

Park Headquarters: 301-924-2127
Boat Center: 301-963-8788
SCSPnaturalist@gmail.com

Directions

From Washington, D.C, Virginia and points south, take I-270 north towards Frederick, Maryland. Take Exit 10, Clopper Road (Route 117). Turn right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. The park is approximately 2 miles on the left.

From points north, take I-270 south towards Washington, D.C., take Exit 11 (MD Route 124 west). Turn right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. At the second light, turn right onto Clopper Road (Route 117). The park is approximately 1.5 miles on the left.

Special Instructions: Upon arriving to park, after you pass the contact station make your first right then pull into the parking lot on the left at the tire playground. Here is where you will find the starting booth.

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