Seneca Creek State Park Quest - Branches of Histor-tree

Introduction To Quest

Seneca.Quest.JPGYour Quest at Seneca Creek State Park will take you through the Woodlands located at the Park Office. The park office is located on the grounds of which used to be the Clopper family estate from 1812 until 1955. The Clopper family enjoyed their natural surroundings and served as environmental stewards, planting a diverse group of trees on their land. This quest will take you through the Woodlands to learn about the value, historical uses, and diversity of various tree species and how to identify them by using unique features.

Quest Information

The park is open 8 a.m. to Sunset, March-October 10 a.m. to Sunset. The quest will begin at the park office. The quest includes walking on uneven ground, which may have slippery or muddy conditions. Please bring water and insect repellent. The quest worksheets are available by visiting the park quest station located in the vestibule of the office. Families are encouraged to complete this quest during the week.


Park Information

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.

Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg MD 20878
Park Headquarters: 301-924-2127
Boat Center: 301-963-8788

Directions to Seneca Creek State Park

  • Seneca Creek State Park is located in Montgomery County.
  • 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.
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