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Schaeffer Farms Grand Tour

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11.1 Miles 17.9 Kilometers



812' 247 m


-818' -249 m


428' 130 m


230' 70 m



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Max Grade (6°)

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A nice spin around the main loops at Schaeffer Farms

Leslie Kehmeier


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.
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.
Dogs: Leashed


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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Nov 4, 2017
Mark Ross
Oct 14, 2017
Justin Sen
First time on this trail. Great for beginners and intermediate. Few technical parts. Various routes are well marked on maps at intersections. 8.2mi
Oct 4, 2017
Matt Standard
Really awesome ride!
Sep 27, 2017
Philip Runyard
Aug 26, 2017
Brian Puckett
the riders at this trail need to learn or buy some trail etiquette. down hill riders yielding to up hill riders. 5 riders coming down hill forced m...
Aug 19, 2017
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Aug 13, 2017
Ronald Tundang
Jul 8, 2017
Samu Salo
Good condition, only very little muddy parts 6.5mi

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Mostly Dry, Some Mud - Beautiful riding!
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Rodney Tanner
Bethesda, MD
Rodney Tanner   Bethesda, MD
Nice beginner trail. Note, trail name is Schaeffer May 30, 2013
Awesome trails. This is a great introductory park to get into mountain biking. I'll be back! Oct 21, 2014

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