Schaeffer Farms Grand Tour

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Rank: #1 in the Seneca Creek State Park area
#1 in MD, #171 Overall
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Jul 7 Green - Mostly Dry
Featured Ride in the area near Darnestown,
“A nice spin around the main loops at Schaeffer Farms”
Leslie Kehmeier on Jul 2, 2013
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11.117.9 milesKilometers 812’247 m Ascent 428’130 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
95% Singletrack -818’-249 m Descent 230’70 m Low 11% Max Grade (6°)
Closed for winter if the trails are too wet, and also at night unless on a sanctioned MORE night ride. Other MD State Park rules apply.
1:45 average time for 13.6 miles. Details

A great trail system designed for mountain bikes, Schaeffer Farms has become the heart of riding in Montgomery County. Rolling terrain with plenty of roots to keep you on your toes, the trails are a great way to introduce someone to singletrack. The trails can be busy on weekends, and the corners (particularly on the edge of forest) can be grown in, so be on alert.
To start the tour go left right out of the parking lot and ride the far side of White, a nice introduction to the system. There are multiple shortcuts back to the parking lot, as well as the new Seneca Ridge Trail which will lead you out of the park. Also off the white loop is the Seneca Connector, a new one direction expert only line, which offers some g-outs and chances for your wheels to leave the ground.

Continue on White all the way around to Yellow and then head left to pedal all the way out to the corn fields. On the return trip, ride the optional orange connectors back to White. Take another left and ride all the way back to the trailhead.

Schaeffer Farms can be done in a number of different combinations. It's pretty easy to mix and match and get just the amount of riding you want.
History & Background
Originally offered as an alternative to the main loops at Seneca Creek State Park, Schaeffer farms has grown in to the main trail network in Montgomery County. The MoCo Epic, designated an IMBA epic in 2010, begins and finishes here.
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