Seneca Creek State Park Trail

3.57 out of 5
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↑ 400 ft
↓ 300 ft
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This is the first trail I have ridden. I am pretty sure of the directions not 100%. It is a nice trail around a 90 acre lake. There are a bunch of roots, a few short steep climbs and a few moderatley steep down hills. There are two main loops: the first is about 4 miles around the lake and the second is about 2 miles. As a begginer it is a great single track, I think. Very narrow at points. My best friend and I were caught in a storm and with a 6,100 acre park; it took us about 15 minutes of peddling through heavy rain on the their easily found, from the trails, well kept paved roads to get to the BOAT CENTER FOR SHELTER which is where you should probably go in that case. This is supposedly the easiest of three mountain biking trails around Germantown, Md. The other two are Schaffer's farm trail and Black Hills Regional Park's trail(s) not sure how many trails are there. Seneca creek being the easiest, Black Hills being intermediate, and Schaffer's farm trail being the toughest. These ratings are all from word of mouth. I am not a 100% sure. Happy Mountain Biking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (2)
System Trails (2)
Seneca Ridge Trail
Clopper Lake
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Reviews (17)


April 17, 2016
Review: Great flowing trail. I started at Schaefer farm and rode till the old mill where I hooked up with the trail. Not a lot of elevation change but a few quick climbs give way to longer descents. The trail is all single track and fairly smooth minus a few roots. For a much longer ride you could combine the two sets of trails and easily do 20 miles. Will defiantly go back to explore more.


May 15, 2015
Review: Very underrated trail in the area. Extremely flowy and fast. Dosen't seem like you climb all that much

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July 6, 2014
juanchix88 Granny Gear  
Review: I will definitely not say is for beginners, a lot of roots and pretty steep uphills. Lots of fun, nice view of the lake. If you are looking to have fun and work out this is fine. If you are a Pro and you are looking for a challenge, do not go. Too many walkers with pets and hikers. PS: I dropped my keys and the rangers at the park were very helpful with the search. At the end a walker found it and took it to the office.

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March 5, 2014
RobMarks2 Granny Gear  
Review: While rated "beginner", I don't think a true beginner could get past all of the roots along the way. It is a good Winter course for an intermediate rider. Lake is pretty, and lack of long uphills are nice when the weather is in the 40s.


May 10, 2013
Review: I rode this three years ago. I find hiking it easier.

Similar Trail: Schaeffer farms


December 9, 2012
AJ711 Singletrack  
Review: Did this as a loop from Seneca Ridge Trail for well over 20 miles stating at Black Rock Mill. I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity and relatively technical features provided by the trail. At points, it is wide and flowy, but then you deal with trees downed by beavers, root gardens on a 10% incline, a few decent rock gardens too, and very little down time. You are either climbing or pedaling along a brief flat section. There are not many hills. And if the main trail is too little for you, head off on Mink Hallow or Long Draft Trails towards Seneca Ridge, you will not be dissapointed. Maybe try and ride the main loop on off days (I hit it on a Friday day off and encountered only a few people) as I'm sure it gets a great deal of use.

Similar Trail: Schaeffer Farms, Cabin John Trails, Fairlands Regional Park, Seneca Creek Greenway, Lower Magruder Trail, Seneca Ridge Trail


August 17, 2012
Review: This is more of a hiking trail around a lake than anything. I was actually surprised to see it on here. I rode it once after showing up at Schaeffer Farm and being turned away due to a race and not knowing about Black Hill at the point: there are a lot of better options nearby. Lots of people walking dogs, pushing strollers, etc. It's not really "singletrack" either...the trail itself is pretty wide and boring. Good views of the lake are its only redeeming quality.


October 25, 2011
jfigel76 Gnarly  
Review: Same as Seneca Creek State Park, see other review. Rated for beginners and family mountain biking around the lake.


October 25, 2011
jfigel76 Gnarly  
Review: Nice, easy mt bike trail for beginners or speed for advanced riders. Might Ned 5 bucks to get in. You can do several loops for a workout.


May 16, 2010
John Fisch Epic  
Review: Surprise! I expected this to be lame and no fun. It was pretty lame, but it was still kinda fun. Although not technical, the trail around the lake has nice flow and should hold your interest. There are additional trails that head off in various directions. Although most of them dead end into houses or paved roads, some are worth exploring. Plenty of roots and lots of deadfall on this one. A couple big climbs on the side trails.

Seneca Creek State Park Trail MTB Trail 3.57 out of 5 based on 17 ratings. 17 user reviews.
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