Dry Seneca Trail: The Nagel's and Beyond

Dry Seneca Trail: The Nagel's and Beyond, Montgomery County, MD, USA

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In Short:Portions of these trails cross private property. Obtain permission from Land owners first! Equine Partners EPIC / 240.338.0072 / 9 mi. / natural / links to Seneca Ridge Trail
Summary:EPIC (Equestrian Partners in Conservation) has created two model public equestrian trail systems, one along the Dry Seneca stream valley in Poolesville and another in Boyds in the Agricultural Reserve. These sanctioned equestrian trails traverse both private and public lands with EPIC having negotiated the approved routes. EPIC manages and maintains these equestrian trails through regular maintenance providing environmentally correct alignments, controlling erosion, removing trash and monitoring equestrian trail usage.
Activities:horseback riding, walking
Location:The northern terminus of the Dry Seneca Trail lies behind Harkaway Stables on Partnership Road. The trail follows the stream for 5 miles, crossing Sugarland Road and continuing on to the southern terminus on Montevideo Road across from Seneca State Park.

This ride covered a distance of 11.86 miles in 13 hours, 56 minutes -- about 0.9 mph.

Bumps and Lumps:

Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 35 feet. The average slope on this trail is 5.7%.

Trail Characteristics:Single track. The terrain is gently rolling with a few hills and stream crossings and many scenic views of the stream and agricultural fields. Riding the equestrian trail round trip at a moderate pace should take about 3 hours. A good portion of this particular ride is on Nagel's private property.
Drinking Water:no
Water for Horses:Dry Seneca Creek
Access and Parking:There is no public trailhead yet, but there is room for a couple of trailers on Sugarland Road at the equestrian trail crossing and also on Old River Road, near the former Pooles Store.
More Information:


Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 35 feet. The average slope on this trail is 5.7%.



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Created by David Stang and his trusty partner G, using StravaGPX. Map recorded: May 08, 2013. Page last updated: April 11, 2018.