Seneca Greenway Trail: Upper Section

Seneca Greenway Trail: Upper Section, Montgomery County, MD, USA

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In Short:Montgomery / 301.972.6581 / 8 mi. / natural / links to Magruder Branch
Summary:Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Upper Section is a 14.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Montgomery Village, Maryland that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

The Seneca Creek Greenway Trail follows Great Seneca Creek in Montgomery County, MD. It is a wooded, natural surface trail that extends 26 miles from the Potomac River to the Damascus Regional Park trail system. The trail is intersected by several roads, most of which have areas to park. Parking locations are noted on the map. Using these crossroads, you may tailor the distance of the hike. You may choose an out-and-back hike or a point-to-point hike if you have two cars.

This is the upper section of the trail. It extends from the Watkins Mill Road crossing to the end of the existing Seneca Greenway Trail and onto the Magruder Stream Valley extension trail to the Damascus Regional Park trail.
Activities:horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking
Location:Seneca Creek Greenway Trail, Watkins Mill Rd, Germantown, MD 20876 or Greenway Trail, Montgomery Village, MD 20879
  • "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.
Length/Surface:26 miles. natural surface.

This ride covered a distance of 14.8 miles in 7 hours, 6 minutes -- about 2.1 mph.

Bumps and Lumps:

Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 87 feet. The average slope on this trail is 2%.

More Information:


Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 87 feet. The average slope on this trail is 2%.



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Created with Map recorded: March 15, 2018. Page last updated: March 17, 2018.