|In Short:||Maryland DNR / 410.356.9272 / 15.2 mi. out and back / natural / links to Schaeffer Farm MHA, Seneca Bluffs Trail, Seneca Greenway Trail, Clopper Lake.|
|Activities:||horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking|
|Location:||Seneca Ridge Trail, in Darnestown, MD 20878, may be reached by car at three locations: at the Darnestown Road bridge over Seneca Creek, at Black Rock Mill, 16598 Black Rock Road, Darnestown, Md., and at the start of the Greenway Trail, 16899 Riffle Ford Rd, Darnestown, MD 20878. |
|Length/Surface:||About 15.2 miles, out and back. Natural surface, in good condition. |
This ride covered a distance of 15.21 miles in 4 hours, 32 minutes -- about 3.4 mph.
|Bumps and Lumps:|
Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 53 feet. The average slope on this trail is 7.4%.
|Trail Characteristics:||Single track. The terrain is wooded, with many small hills and gullies. A dozen wooden bridges are all in good condition, with good approaches. The trail is well-maintained. The trail is marked with blue blazes on trees, and occasionally with red posts. (Maryland DNR incorrectly claims that the trail is marked with orange blazes.)|
|Drinking Water:||None found.|
|Water for Horses:||The numerous small streams that feed Seneca Creek may be of interest.|
|Restroom:||An outhouse in the parking lot at 16899 Riffle Ford Road, Darnestown.|
|Access and Parking:||Three locations for parking:|
- At the parking lot by the Darnestown Road bridge over Seneca Creek. Room for about one trailer; cars parking after you park your trailer might block you in, so plan your exit.
- At Black Rock Mill, 16598 Black Rock Road, Darnestown, Md. Ditto.
- At the start of the Greenway Trail, 16899 Riffle Ford Rd, Darnestown, MD 20878. This lot has room for quite a few trailers.