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Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland

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Seneca Creek State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area encompassing more than along 14 miles of Seneca Creek in its run to the Potomac River in Montgomery County, Maryland. The park features facilities for boating and fishing as well as trails for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding.HistoryThe General Assembly authorized funds for land purchase for Seneca Creek State Park in each year from 1965 to 1968. The park saw "Stage A" development when, in the 1966, the General Assembly authorized funds for camping and picnicking sites, roads, utilities, buildings, and other features. In 1975, Clopper Lake was created for recreational use and flood control by damming Long Draught Creek, a tributary of Seneca Creek.Activities and amenitiesClopper LakeThe developed portion of the state park centers on 90acre Clopper Lake and the Clopper Lake Day Use Area which is bounded by Clopper Road to the north, Longdraft Road to the east, Great Seneca Highway to the south, and Riffleford Road to the west in Gaithersburg. Clopper Lake averages a depth of, has shallow enclaves, is stocked with largemouth bass, tiger muskie, channel catfish, sunfish, bluegill, and pumpkinseed sunfish, and allows boating. TrailsThe park contains of trails, some in the CLDUA, and in the Schaeffer Farm Trails Area. Trails are used for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. The Lake Shore Trail loops around Clopper Lake. The Seneca Creek Greenway Trail follows the entire length of Great Seneca Creek for from Route 355 to the Potomac River. KayakingSections of Seneca Creek can be travelled by kayak, especially south of Route 28, Darnestown Road, or further north during periods of high water. North of Route 28, it may be necessary to portage around trees down across the creek. Other usesThe park has picnicking facilities, a tire playground, a 27-hole disc golf course, and a restored 19th-century cabin. Hunting is permitted in several areas of the park. EventsSince 1995, the annual Winter Lights Festival has featured a drive-through holiday light show at year's end in the Clopper Lake Day Use Area.
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  • My wife and I needed a nature escape from all the traffic and crowds that go with visiting and touring Washington D.C.. Seneca Creek State Park was perfect for that. We took a leisurely 4 mile hike ar...  more »
  • This park is a hidden gem. I used to take my kids to the playground and kayaking on the lake when they were small. Every Christmas we would go an see the lights and now I do the tour anytime I have vi...  more »
  • We drove 40 miles to take the kids to a place to see a lot of Christmas lights. The park is set up to queue a lot of cars when it gets busy so have to be patient if it is not busy and you drive throug...  more »
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  • I don't see why they charging at the gate and there ain't no attractions or amusements for Kids in the park. Most of the bathroom doors are locked and the ones that are open doesn't even have toilet paper inside. That entry fee is a ripoff, Parks in Washington Dc has more attractions and they're free.
  • Took my kids here when they were little to see the wnter Lights. It has been a few years, but we took my Nephew there and loved to see the lights and what has been added over the years. Very nicely done and a good value.
  • The Park Rangers are mean and rude. So here's what happened, on Sunday, October 2, 2016, a Park Ranger (this White guy with a big puffy brown beard) decided to close a trail path that was made back in early June 2016 by random hikers. And did so again on October 4, 2016. The Park Ranger supposedly decided that after 3 months to finally close a shortcut trail path. It was a very useful trail shortcut, which a few dozen hikers used in a good week or two! I asked the Park Ranger why he did so and he kept making up excuses and he didn't have the nerve to look at me eye-to-eye like a real man rather had his black sunglasses on (since he knows he's wrong) saying, "The Maryland Department of Environment says it's not OK to be having a trail path that isn't safe..." even though there are even worst trails in the park, especially the Lake Shore trail path closest to the main entrance, it's horrible with no maintenance whatsoever! The path had been there 3 months prior with nobody complaining until now and was also safe to walk through until he aledgely went as far as to break off branches from innocent trees and spill the said branches all over the ground, blocking the shortcut trail, and then made a cheap $5 sign from his mediocre salary with a cheap laminated paper on it (check my uploaded pictures) in order to make hikers avoid a once perfectly fine shortcut trail. And supposely said it's not safe anymore? Even though it was prior to what he did! If anything, this Park Ranger definitely broke the law and blamed his inconsistencies on others. Thanks to this Park Ranger, he made me lose faith in the park's authorizes. He should be either fired or demoted immediately. Edit: And here we go again, in November 2016, the Park Ranger supposedly decided to block off another useful path (uploaded pictures) with logs and branches that's been around since summer 2011 (5 years!) with nobody complaining until all of a sudden? Wow, just wow. They sure love making up excuses.
  • This place is ok. It's local has decent parking. Nothing to wrote home about.
  • Great set of trails for running/hiking. They also have a disc golf course and sell discs.