Get Some Fresh Air and Exercise at Seneca Creek State Park

Seneca Creek State Park sits where the winding Seneca Creek converges with the Potomac River. The creek snakes its way through 6,300 acres of forests, meadows, and nature trails. At the heart of the park, Clopper Lake stretches across 90 acres. Rental boats crisscross the waves, some of them filled with anglers fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, and tiger muskie.

Avid hikers come here to enjoy the 12-mile Schaeffer Farm Trail, which winds near the historic 19th-century cabin that has been restored to look much as it did in its earliest days. If you're looking for more of a challenge, check out the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail. It extends 16.5 miles and offers some treacherous terrain for the experienced hiker. After your foray into the forest, unwind at the Schwartz peony gardens, which flourish in May.

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