Seneca Creek State Park11950 Clopper RoadGaithersburg, MD 20878
301-924-2127E-mail Seneca Creek State Park
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 2 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.
8 a.m. to Sunset, March-October
10 a.m. to Sunset, November-February
Pets are allowed in Seneca Creek State Park.
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 creek. About mid-May through June, the Schwartz peony gardens and field plants are in bloom.
Posted 1/24/2017: Schaeffer Farms Trails are currently closed due to wet and muddy conditions. This temporary closure is necessary to prevent excessive erosion and potholing in the trail head. The Ridge Trail, Bluffs Trail, and the multi-purpose trails in the Clopper Road Day Use Area remain open. As always, please refrain from riding trails for 24 hours after a sustained rainfall.
High usage areas near Riffle Ford Road and relevant trails may be inadvertently closed through winter 2016/2017 for sewer line maintenance. There will be Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) work along the Greenway Trail, and upstream along Long Draught Creek through Mink Hollow Trail. Work may close the trail to park users, to be indicated by trail entrance signs and barricades. The WSSC will be carrying out the projects. For further information and updates, call the commission at 301-206-7363.
New maps of the trails at Seneca Creek State Park can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The maps are in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.
Many Maryland State Parks have been approved as partners of Maryland Green Travel, a free and voluntary self-certification program that promotes and recognizes sustainable environmental practices by businesses in the tourism industry. These practices include energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and water conservation methods.
Click on this link to view the green profile and the list of sustainable practices for Seneca Creek State Park.
Hiking and biking trails, boat rental, fishing, flatwater canoeing and kayaking, historic interest, hunting, picnicking, playgrounds, riding trails, picnic pavilions, a restored 19th century cabin, and cross-country skiing.
Seneca Creek State Park Boat Center
Hours of Operation:
The Seneca Creek Boat Center is open at 8 a.m. The last boat rental is at 90 minutes before sunset. Visa and Mastercard are accepted at the boat center. Come get your bait, fishing poles and tackle from the gift shop as well as t-shirts, disc golf equipment, ice cream, water and other gifts. The gift shop is open during the boat center normal hours of operation.
No gas powered motors allowed on the lake. Electric motors are allowed. Private watercrafts may be launched at the hand launch only boat ramp at the bottom parking lot off of the Boat Center.
The Seneca Creek State Park Trail Guide, complete with a topographical map of the hiking and biking trails, is available for sale at the park headquarters.
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. Seven of 11 restrooms in the park are accessible via paved walkways. The Boat Center has a paved lakefront walkway for fishing access.
For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.
Join the Seneca Creek State Park Friends Of Group and support your park.
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