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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +966/ -1,010 ft
Total: 50 riders
 

Mountain Biking Seneca Bluffs Trail

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#22 of 99 mountain bike trails in Maryland
#1,745 in the world

A new trail blazed and built for the 2012 MoCo Epic, and to provide a trail open to mountain bikes to parallel the southern portion of the Seneca Creek Greenway trail, it packs an awesome ride complete with lots of hills, a ~50' creek crossing, nice turns, and excellent scenery. Keep an eye out for orange blazes, orange tree tape, and large bright orange posts in the ground and you'll work your way along this 4 mile out and back trail quite easily.

The trail is brand new in 2012, and the northern portion makes this quite evident. MORE has done an excellent job of packing things down, building bridges, and marking the trail, but there is something to be said for having lots of tires travel over the path and pack things down. As I said, the northern first mile or so will benefit from having people ride over it. Having this route on the Epic was an awesome idea to aid in packing things down.

The singletrack will turn into double at some points along the way. It looks like farm/atv trails, but they don't seem to get a lot of use. The trail will jump from this doubletrack back to singletrack along the way, and again, these changes are well marked with bright orange markers of one sort or another.

The trail will meander next to fields, along ridges, and wind its way through the forests surrounding the Great Seneca Creek. The best part is when you come to "Dry Seneca Creek", and if the weather has been a bit wet, the creek is hardly dry. This is within the last quarter of a mile of the southbound route. Luckily, the rocks in the area make portions of the creek shallow enough to ford.

This trail is a lot of fun and an excellent add-on to a Schaeffer Farms trail day. Taking the Seneca Ridge Trail connector from Schaeffer's White Trail and taking the Seneca Greenway Trail segment behind the mill will bring you to the north parking lot. Or just head to one of the lots and session the out and back option. The direct area around here offers many options for singletrack to explore. Make it a point to visit this trail!

It should be noted that this trail runs through managed hunting acreage. Luckily it is bow hunting only and not rifle, but still, care should be taken during prime hunting season to avoid issues with hunters. Wear hunting orange, maybe put a bell on your bike, make fewer deer noises while on the trail, and be courteous to the hunters in hopes that they will do the same in return. More information about can be found at the link below.

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/b_m.asp

First added by AJ711 on Oct 22, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
There are two parking lots available with ready access to this trail, and awesomely enough, one is at each end of the trail. Easiest method is making your way to Rt28 and finding the park parking lot near Great Seneca Creek. The southern lot is off Montevideo Road, near Rocklands Farm. GPS coordinates for both lots are below.

North Lot: 39.128204,-77.333066
South Lot: 39.091025,-77.343848

Only at the southern lot is the trail located where you park. If you go to the north lot, you will need to ride a short distance on Rt18 in the westbound direction and look for the trail head on the other side of the creek. Trailhead will be on your left as you are heading west. It is a wide path, so it is easy to spot.


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