Seneca Bluffs Trail: Connections to Dry Seneca Trail

Seneca Bluffs Trail: Connections to Dry Seneca Trail, 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.
  • "Lake Shore Trail" in Gaithersburg wanders around Clopper Lake, making a complete loop. It connects to other trails of the Seneca Greenway via Long Draught Trail and Mink Hollow Trail.
  • "Long Draught Trail" connects to Seneca Greenway Trail just north of Great Seneca Highway in Gaithersburg, and remains on the west side of Long Draught Branch of Great Seneca Creek. It comes to an end at the 3-way intersection on Seneca Creek Road, and becomes Lake Shore Trail.
  • "Mink Hollow Trail" connects to Seneca Greenway Trail just north of Great Seneca Highway in Gaithersburg, and wanders east, crossing Seneca Creek Road and ending at Lake Shore Trail at Clopper Lake. It is marked with a grey blaze)
  • "Seneca Bluffs Trail" is the trail on the west side of Seneca Creek betwen the bridge at Pooles Store on old River Road and the bridge on Route 28, Darnestown Road. It is marked with an orange blaze (maps show yellow blaze).
  • "Seneca Greenway Trail" connects the Towpath at Riley's Lock to Great Seneca Stream Valley Park at Frederick Road (Route 355.) Beginning at Riley's Lock on the Towpath, it goes up Tschiffley Mill Road, east on River Road across the bridge at Pooles Store, then up the east side of Seneca Creek. It climbs up at Route 28 east of the bridge, crosses the road, and continues north and east along Seneca Creek. At Black Rock Road it crosses Great Seneca Creek and connects to several unnamed connectors that lead to the southern end of Schaeffer Farm Park. The Greenway Trail continues east and north along the creek from Black Rock Road and crossing under Great Seneca Highway. (Between Riffle Ford Road and Great Seneca Highway, it forms a loop.) It continues on across Great Seneca Highway and under Route 270 to Route 355. It is marked with a blue blaze. The "Seneca Greenway" encompasses all the trails in this list.
  • "Seneca Ridge Trail" begins near Black Rock Road and proceeds east along Great Seneca Creek to Riffle Ford Road, where it connects to the Seneca Greenway Trail.

This ride covered a distance of 24.97 miles in 12 hours, 12 minutes -- about 2 mph.

Bumps and Lumps:

Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 60 feet. The average slope on this trail is 6.4%.

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 60 feet. The average slope on this trail is 6.4%.



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Created by David Stang and his trusty partner G, using StravaGPX. Map recorded: May 26, 2013. Page last updated: April 11, 2018.