Sunday, February 20, 2011

355 to Watkins Mill-The Urban Hiker

Today was what we like to call a "break in" hike.  After not hiking for a while we adventured to the Seneca Greenway Trail and hiked the section between route 355 and Watkins Mill Road in Seneca Stream Valley Park Unit 1.  The total trail encompasses 26 miles from the Potomac River into Damascus in Montgomery County, Maryland.  The section we hiked is 2.9 miles between the highways and as many sections of the trail, much of the parking is along major roads and is easily accessible. 

Much of the trial is close to Great Seneca Creek which makes for a visually nice hike.  Keep in mind that due to heavy foot traffic the unpaved trails can be quite muddy at times. Unfortunately, the trail is also close to many residential areas so if you are looking to get away from it all this is not the hike for you.  Being close to residential areas also leads to quite a bit of trash along hillsides near residences.

This trail is good if you have a short amount of time and just wanna get outside an live nearby or wanna take your dog out for a stroll.  Not much in the way of wildlife is present, some birds and a few whitetail deer may be spotted along the trail but don't expect a lot.  If you are looking for a little more solitude and an escape you might want to keep looking, because we will keep looking and as we find our next destination we will let you know how that one fares in our adventures!

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