Senece Greenway Trail Frederick Road MD 355 to Brink Road

Gaithersburg, Maryland

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The unspoiled and little-used Greenway Trail in Seneca Creek State Park features varying terrain and fauna along the pristine creekbed, making it one of the metro area’s best close-in trails. Running the length of Seneca Creek State Park and beyond in west-central Montgomery County near Montgomery Village, the 25-mile-long Greenway Trail is one of the finest close-in hiking trails. This out-and-back hike of 8.7 miles, with 900 feet of elevation change, uses a section of the trail located in Gaithersburg, about 25 miles northwest of Washington. It’s a very scenic section, which mostly lies close to Great Seneca Creek, one of Seneca Creek’s chief headwaters. You’ll be in a serene and mostly pastoral landscape of wildflower-dappled floodplain areas, thickets, and wooded hills.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

The unspoiled and little-used Greenway Trail in Seneca Creek State Park features varying terrain and fauna along the pristine creekbed, making it one of the metro area’s best close-in trails. Running the length of Seneca Creek State Park and beyond in west-central Montgomery County near Montgomery Village, the 25-mile-long Greenway Trail is one of the finest close-in hiking trails.

This out-and-back hike of 8.7 miles, with 900 feet of elevation change, uses a section of the trail located in Gaithersburg, about 25 miles northwest of Washington. It’s a very scenic section, which mostly lies close to Great Seneca Creek, one of Seneca Creek’s chief headwaters. You’ll be in a serene and mostly pastoral landscape of wildflower-dappled floodplain areas, thickets, and wooded hills.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Gaithersburg
Distance: 8.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Terrain: Hard-packed dirt; roots in places
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Birding
Features: Wildflowers
Local Contacts: Volunteers’ website, senecatrail.org; Seneca Creek State Park, 301-924-2127
Local Maps: Montgomery Parks, montgomeryparks.org
Driving Directions: Directions to Senece Greenway Trail: Frederick Road (MD 355) to Brink Road

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