We'll do the stretch of Seneca Creek from the Darnestown Road (Route 28) Bridge to the Potomac River ( http://www.senecatrail.info/trail1.htm ). We'll meet at the Seneca Creek Aqueduct on the C & O Canal and arrange the shuttle up to the Route 28 bridge. There we begin the hike down the creek, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. Sights along the creek include a massive, 200-year-old red oak, the remains of the mill that provided the stone for the Smithsonian Red Castle, historic Poole's General Store, diverse flora, and, if we're lucky, fauna. The hike ends at our starting point, the aqueduct on the C & O Canal.
Distance: 7 miles
Dogs: Allowed, leashed
Leader: Ken Meyercord, (571) 287-0508
Directions: From the beltway in Maryland, take Interstate 270 towards Frederick and exit at Montgomery Avenue (Route 28). Stay on Route 28 west to Darnestown, then left on Seneca Road (Route 112). Just before you cross Seneca Creek, turn left onto Riley's Lock Road and follow it to the canal parking lot (the last parking lot, closest to the canal).