Seneca Creek State Park

ClopperLake.JPGPark Reservations

Contact: ​301-924-2127​
senecacreek.statepark@maryland.gov​​

Montgomery County

Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Hours:
8 a.m. to Sunset, March-October
10 a.m. to Sunset, November-February

The park, 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.

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Information
Playgrounds
Trails
Area Map
Trail Map
Boating and Boat Rental
Public Picnic Groves
Rental Picnic Areas and Pavilions
Events and Programs
Disc Golf Course
Historic Sites
Hunting
Volunteer Opportunities
Stewardship and Service
Accessibilty
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Mountain Biking

SCSP_MountainBiking.jpgSchaeffer Farm Trail System

Schaeffer Farm is the hub of a trail system unique in Maryland. The trails at Seneca Creek State Park provide the backbone of a network that extends into most of the upcounty area. Configured in a series of loops, you can enjoy as few as four miles or go for an all-day adventure. It is possible to do a trail loop stretching 60 miles or more when you leave the trailhead. Linking the Seneca, Muddy Branch, and Potomac watersheds, visitors can journey from Schaeffer to Damascus to the Potomac and back.

One of these larger loops has been recognized by the International Mountain Bicycling Association as one of the best and most important routes in the country.