Seneca Creek State Park

Seneca Creek State Park

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Seneca Creek State Park

Maryland

(301) 924-2127

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Things To Do

Overview

The park, comprised of 6,300 acres, extends along 14 scenic miles of Seneca Creek, as it winds its way to the Potomac River. The Clopper Day-Use Area contains many scenic areas, including the 90-acre Clopper Lake, surrounded by forests and fields. Picnicking, boat rentals, trails and a tire playground are just some of its recreational opportunities. A restored 19th century cabin and a self-guided path interpret the history of the area. Nearby, the Schaeffer Farm Trail Area offers 12 miles of marked trails for hiking and mountain biking. For the more adventuresome hiker, the 16.5-mile Seneca Creek Greenway Trail follows the entire course of the river. During May, the Schwartz peony gardens and field plants are in bloom.

The park features a 32-acre, 27-hole Disc Golf course, popular for both the amateur and the professional. Pets are allowed in Seneca Creek State Park, with the exceptions of playgrounds and buildings. Please keep them leashed at all times.

Map of Seneca Creek (MD)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.146192, -77.254600

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Activities

  • Boating

    A hand launch site is available for the lake. Private watercraft are permitted throughout the season. A boat concession on Clopper Lake rents boats for fishing and recreation from May to September.

  • Bicycling

    There are various biking trails throughout the area. Trails for hiking and bicycling wind through a variety of habitat. A detailed trail map is available at the park office. Mountain bikes may be used on some trails.

  • Fishing

    A boat concession on Clopper Lake rents boats for fishing and recreation from May to September. Fish include: largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, tiger muskie and crappie. Seneca Creek is stocked with put-and-take trout.

  • Hiking

    There are a number of hiking trails throughout the park. Trails for hiking and bicycling wind through a variety of habitat. Nearby, the Schaeffer Farm Trail Area offers 12 miles of marked trails for hiking and mountain biking. For the more adventuresome hiker, the 16.5-mile Seneca Creek Greenway Trail follows the entire course of the creek.

  • Historic Sites

    Seneca Creek State Park is also home to historic landmarks. Black Rock Mill is a partially restored mill in the park that includes exhibits featuring a history of area floods. The Seneca Schoolhouse is a restored 19th century schoolhouse which was built for area children of local quarry laborer. Parts of the park are located on land once a part of an estate owned by the Clopper Family. Near the CLDUA, The Woodlands, an area dedicated to commemorating life for the Clopper Family, offers visitors a look into life in the area in the 19th Century along a self-guided trail.

  • Hunting

    There are over 3000 acres available for hunting. Please contact park for details and permit information.

  • Picnicking

    Seneca Creek State Park offers an accessible park office, six picnic shelters, and many family picnic sites. Three picnic sites have been designed specifically for wheelchair access.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing is available in the winter months.

Directions

Driving

From Washington, D.C, Virginia and points south: * Take I-270 north towards Frederick, Maryland. Take Exit 10, Clopper Road (Route 117). Turn right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. The park is approximately two miles on the left. * From points north, take I-270 south towards Washington, D.C., take Exit 11 (MD Route 124 west). Turn right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. At the second light, turn right onto Clopper Road (Route 117). The park is approximately 1.5 miles on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(301) 924-2127

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