Schaeffer Farm Park

Schaeffer Farm Park, Montgomery County, MD, USA

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Overview

In Short:Maryland DNR / 410.356.9272 / 12 mi. / 850 acres / natural / links to Seneca Ridge Trail
Summary:Popular multi-use trail near Germantown, MD. One of seven trail systems in Seneca Creek State Park. Schaeffer Farm is a popular 8.8 mile hiker/biker/equestrian trail complex near the South Germantown Recreational Area and Soccerplex. The yellow trail is the longest of five color-coded trails. Using multiple trails, many variants are available. The trail can also be combined with the Hoyle's Mill Trail for a long trek. Trails are well-marked. A map is displayed at every trail junction with an arrow pointing to the parking lot. Schaeffer Farm is a joint project of the Maryland DNR and the Mid Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE). The trail is populated primarily by bicycles. In the interest of courtesy and safety, hikers should be prepared to step off the trail at the approach of bikers. They can get going pretty fast. down the hills. Get there early - the parking lot, although relatively large, can fill up quickly.
Activities:horseback riding -- but more commonly mountain biking, hiking.
Location:Schaeffer Farms Trailhead, Kingsview Village Ave, Germantown, MD 20874. From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take I-270 headed west. About 10 miles from the beltway, take Exit 10, Clopper Road (Rte. 117) headed west. Turn left after 4.25 miles on Schaeffer Rd which is just past the intersection with Rte. 118. Just under 2 miles later, as the road bends right, bear left onto a gravel road where there are signs for Schaeffer Farm Trails and the Grey Rock Ranch. Quickly turn left again following the bumpy road to the end and park. The trail head is at the very end of the parking area.
Length/Surface:8.8 miles. Single track dirt, and designed primarily for mountain bikes.

This ride covered a distance of 2.09 miles in 0 hours, 40 minutes -- about 3.1 mph.

Bumps and Lumps:

Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 24 feet. The average slope on this trail is 7.8%.

Trail Characteristics:Rolling hills and open fields. Hills can be brief and steep. The White Loop is the gateway trail to Schaeffer Farm; all the other area trails branch off of it. Fun in either direction, it is a flowing, rolling singletrack through forest and along farm field edges. There are numerous opportunities to branch off and explore deeper into Schaeffer. At the far side of the loop there is a spur trail leading to Black Rock Mill and the Seneca Ridge and Seneca Greenway Trails.
Drinking Water:no
Water for Horses:yes, from Seneca Creek
Restroom:outhouse at parking lot
Access and Parking:Get there early - the parking lot, although relatively large, can fill up quickly.

From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take I-270 headed west. About 10 miles from the beltway, take Exit 10, Clopper Road (Rte. 117) headed west. Turn left after 4.25 miles on Schaeffer Rd which is just past the intersection with Rte. 118. Just under 2 miles later, as the road bends right, bear left onto a gravel road where there are signs for Schaeffer Farm Trails and the Grey Rock Ranch. Quickly turn left again following the bumpy road to the end and park. The trail head is at the very end of the parking area.
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Elevations



Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 24 feet. The average slope on this trail is 7.8%.

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Created by David Stang and his mountain bike., using StravaGPX. Map recorded: July 06, 2011. Page last updated: April 11, 2018.