Schaeffer Farms

4.44 out of 5
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↑ 1,700 ft
↓ 1,700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Good ride. People of all skills levels can be found on this network of trails. The trails are maintained by MORE and Montgomery County National Park and Planning Commision.
added by Guest December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: I have been riding this trail for the past few years. I was wondering if anyone knows if it is legal to ride a dirt bike on these trails. If anyone knows the rules and or regulations for these trail regarding dirt biking please let me know. thank you -Guest

A: im sorry correction

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Reviews (62)

March 30, 2015
Review: March 30th 2015 - trails are in good condition and Schaeffer is open for the season!

Similar Trail: black hills / hoyles mill

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March 17, 2015
Review: To update the status of Schaeffer trials, signs at trail heads still say closed. The automated phone # is only offering out of date info as of today. The nearby Seneca ridge trail is open and rides nicely so it is a good alternative.

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January 3, 2015
Review: I would believe this trail to be between intermediate and beginner. It's a lot of fun, and it's long. I've ridden here several times last year and always feel good when I'm done. Lots of loops and once you figure them out, you can spend all day here. It's a good place to ride.

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November 14, 2014
Review: The trail was pretty nice on a freezing cold Friday morning. Many good changes in elevation, and several nice turns. Best of all - - I never saw another person on the entire trail (but then again it was 34 degrees and windy). I thought the trail could have been marked better at several spots where multiple paths adjoined. I actually rode several miles on a trail alongside the Seneca Creek only to find out it wasn't even Shaeffer Farm trail. Oh well, it was very nice too. I definitely like the Expert section of the trail.

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November 11, 2014
Review: I would rate this trail as a 3 but given there are so many reviews that rate this trail absurdly high it needs to be balanced out. Schaeffer Farms is barely an intermediate trail system not deserving to be in the top 100 trail systems in the US. Granted it can be fun, but an intermediate or advanced rider like myself would become quickly bored. Given all the trails I've ridden, I would rank it in the bottom quarter of all trails on my list. That's not to say it isn't fun for the less experienced rider. If you're in the class of riders switching over from road cycling to off road SF can be fun, it's just not that challenging. MORE is an amazing mountain bike organization local to the DC area and they organize weekly night rides on this trail because frankly, where else can you ride in the DC area at night? Nonetheless I must give MORE many kudos for building and overseeing the great trail systems in the area, including SF, but particularly Fountainhead since it's redesign began in 2012. Again, I really hate to give a bad review but there are many more deserving trails. More challenging rides in Maryland would be Patapsco, or better yet Gambrills. If you're looking for the best trail in the DC area, go to Fountainhead. Ride on, and enjoy.

Similar Trail: Wakefield, Fair Hill

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December 20, 2014
Review: I couldn't agree more with the assessment of this trail being overrated. Nice trails but reminds me of the Olympic course - much too smooth and artificial. These trails are the dream of road riders. From what I've seen of MORE trails this is the errant ideal of mountain biking. To each their own but I'll stick to remote, rocky, technical trails. It's not an exaggeration to say that at Schaeffer you could fairly well get by with hybrid tires and to me that's not mountain biking.

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October 2, 2014
Review: This a nice trail and easy to ride, with the exception of a few mtb's that they think they own the trail and everyone has to get out of their way!!!!
In VA mtb's are more friendly and respect each other, so since most trails are a two way, usually the person that stops is the one that as an area of the trail to it, here we had a few people simply ram into us with one of the guys actually having to throw himself in the bushes to avoid something more serious!!!!! Sad very sad!!!!
Otherwise I liked it a lot and the "expert only" area is really cool.
I suggest for anyone to try it, but based on my experience be extra cautious of others!!!!

Similar Trail: Meadowood and Laurel Hill

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September 10, 2014
Review: First time riding this trail.It was rated #2 in MD.It is a great trail overall.The expert section is very good.Not much climbing and not very technical.It has a lot of good log overs that you can bypass.A lot of the trail weaves through cornfields.That is not as bad as it sounds.It was pretty interesting.Only bad thing was on most of the trail there were no berms dips or humps and need to cut some knicks to prevent erosion. Overall pretty well kept trail.

Similar Trail: Dark Mt. North Wilkesboro, NC

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November 5, 2014
Review: Where do I pick up the expert section of the Schaeffer Farm trail?

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September 8, 2014
Review: Only rode the white loop and part of Seneca Ridge, but it was great, immaculately maintained singletrack. Best trails I've ridden in mid-MD. Nowhere near as crowded as I expected for such a popular trail system in a populated area, but that may have had something to do with the 90-some degree heat and high humidity the day I was there. Wanted to try the yellow loop too, but broke my chain on the climb up to it and hadn't brought a chain tool for the first time in ~10 years - of course. I can't recommend these trails for hiking - at least not uphill in bike shoes and dragging along a FS rig. Will definitely be back with my HT (and chain tool).

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August 19, 2014
Review: Definitely well maintained. The "whoopie trail" and the skills park nearby add some larger ups and downs to what is typically fairly flat and beginner-friendly. There are a couple unavoidable logs that may take beginners by surprise, but overall it is very smooth and much of it has been ridden on a cyclocross bike (mountain bike is obviously more fun).

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August 16, 2014
Review: Schaeffer Farm is what I would consider trail riding. Granted I haven't done all the loops I have done almost everything and I would still consider it trail riding. My reason for that is because the ups and downs are small, the challenges are small (rocks, things in way, etc) and there is no where that I would consider "Dangerous". Not that that is what I'm looking for but I need something to get me excited about the ride. I bumped this up to a 4 because the track that says "Experts Only" is quite fun. Basically you go in and out of a ditch while at a downgrade so you can catch speed and jump out of the ditch on some of the parts.

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Schaeffer Farms MTB Trail 4.44 out of 5 based on 62 ratings. 62 user reviews.
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