Park Quest 2021 Seneca Creek State Park

Hiking through Her Story: Pioneering Woman in Maryland Conservation

Photo Emma King (1959)

Quest information

This quest is a four mile, round-trip trail hike into the world of Emma Strider and Emma King, both pioneering woman conservationists.

Hike through hardwood forests with beautiful views of Great Seneca Creek. Interpretive signs tell the story of the "two Emmas," one a wealthy philanthropist, the other the first female Deputy Game Warden in Maryland. Participants can scan a QR code on the end post labeled “PQ”. The QR code can be read by taking a photo with a standard smart phone camera and will pull up a website of interpretive information about these conservation leaders.​

  • Availability of Quest: May 1- Oct 31, any day we are open and not full to capacity
  • Location: Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper road, Gaithersburg MD 20878. Please park at the Park Office lot begin at the Great Seneca Trail head. The parking lot your first right when you enter the park.
  • Approximate Length of Time the Quest should take to complete: 2+ hours
  • Length of Hike for Quest: 4 miles
  • Wheelchair or Stroller Accessible: No
  • Pets Permitted: Yes, on leash.

Park Information:
Seneca Creek State Parkis located at 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

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.

*A smartphone with a camera or QR code reader is required to complete this quest. A map of the trail for this quest may be downloaded from the website (above). Printed copies are not available for this quest. Amenities: A restroom is located in the first parking lot on the left once you enter the park. Please remember to bring your own water and bug repellant and sunscreen your protection. If you have questions or concerns, please call us at the park office (301)-924-2127. For immediate issues, please call the duty ranger at (443)-534-5837.

Game preserve house

Driving 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.

Park Hours of Operation:
8 a.m. to sunset, March-October​