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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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  • This is just a fun event to drive at night to see the light decoration in the park. We did notice a few additions this year, which is great as well as seeing the year after year standards; the castle,...  more »
  • This state park is the perfect place to go when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the gym crowd. It's relaxing and scenic views help to take your mind off of the days stresses. As you...  more »
  • Went here as part of an outdoors class. The shelters were really nice in the shade to sit in. Left our stuff there as we ran about the park trails hiking and biking. There are plenty of soccer and bas...  more »
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  • Beautiful State Park with well maintained trails. Blazes are well marked and the trail map online is accurate. 3.7 Mile Walk around the lake is beautiful, with mild gains in elevation and really nice scenery. Very few people were out while we were on the trail, passes two joggers and a dog walker. Parents: Nice place for a walk with kiddos. There are also 2 playgrounds that we saw and a disc golf course. EV drivers: No charging available.
  • We visited the place during summer time on weekend . It's a very clean park with nice trail, and picnic area with plenty of seating area a place to barbecue. I've enjoyed the clean water for Canoe and Kayak. The price for kayak and Canoe is very reasonable but the vest we're very dirty and old some were wet and had bad smell.
  • The Winter Lights is just a fun event to drive at night to see the light decoration in the park. We did notice a few additions this year, which is great as well as seeing the year after year standards; the castle, the twirling gingerbread, teddy bearland and the light tunnels. The best time to go is during the weekdays, it's a few dollars cheaper and since it's more sparse you can really slow down and take your time. My only recommendation would be that ALL cars were required to drop down to parking lights. Headlights in your mirrors or coming at you really take away from the beauty of the decorative lights.
  • Somehow the park seem to lose the charm i saw from last visit. Saw lot of trees fell out and park cleanliness not maintained well i guess.
  • A beautiful state park. Well maintained, recreational area for kids, picnic tables, boats to rent, fishing, hiking trail arount lake. Cost to enter April through October
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