August 17th, 2017
On a beautiful summer's day in Gaithersburg, there might be no better place to escape to than Seneca Creek State Park. After all, it boasts an impressive 6,300 acres of virtually untouched land, interrupted only by hiking and biking trails and Clopper Lake. The lake extends across 90 acres of the park, fringed with meadows and trees, and it's a popular spot to fish, canoe, or kayak.
If you prefer to keep your feet planted firmly on solid ground, check out the Schaeffer Farm Trail. The 12-mile path invites hikers and mountain bikers to get outside and enjoy some recreation in the fresh air. The 16.5-mile Seneca Creek Gateway Trail actually runs parallel to its namesake river and provides more of a challenge for the avid hiker. If you want to learn more about local history while you walk, check out the restored 19th-century cabin and the path that extends from it, which includes educational plaques that detail the history of the area.