Hiking through Her Story: Pioneering Woman in Maryland Conservation
This quest is a four mile, round-trip trail hike into the world of Emma
Strider and Emma King, both pioneering woman conservationists.
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.
Seneca Creek State Park, is
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
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.
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
Park Hours of Operation:
8 a.m. to sunset, March-October