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Schaffer Farms Trail Network

Average Rating:    (3.7 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

Shaeffer Farms is an extremely popular mountain biking and equestrian destination with several excellent singletrack loops covering almost 12 miles of rolling terrain. Trails offer something for all levels, but tend toward fast and smooth hardpack singletrack, with moderate climbs, and a good number of log and ramped log hops. Some technical sections will require beginners to dismount, but intermediates should find most sections rideable and challenging. Trails can be crowded on weekends, with much lighter use during the weekdays.
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Latitude
39.14282583603491
Longitude
-77.31070518493652
Trail Directions
MD Route 270 to exit 15B Rt.118 West - Follow for 5 miles - Right onto Richter Farm Road - Take left on 4-way stop on Shaeffer Road - Stay on Shaeffer Road through traffic circle - Shortly after road narrows look for sign to Seneca State Park on the left - Trailhead is at end of parking lot after gate
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
intermediate
Trail Type
singletrack
City/County
Seneca State Park
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Review Date
November 28, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: GelatiCruiser ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Tons of fun. I'm new to trail riding after a ~20 year hiatus. This is a fantastic place to start. It ranges from beginner to intermediate. Has a lot of fun bumps and jumps and a good bit of steady climbing to get the gravy pumping. It's a blast to jump on the bike and get a nice ride in while still being able to catch some good scenery. Nothing too crazy or technical, and it's a great place to take beginners to get their chops up and teach them how to keep their wheels under them.

Recommended Route:
White loop, yellow loop. Orange loop is fun and quick as well.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Seneca Ridge Trail, Seneca Creek State Park.



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Review Date
October 8, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dr. Crasher ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Very nice trail system. Lots of cars in the parking lot but I only saw a few other riders on the trail on account of the length of the ride. Many different loops you can take, all are well marked and color coded. Also a very well maintained trail, with well built bridges and signage. Not very technical or difficult, but a great aerobic workout since you can go just about as fast as you want and make as many loops as you want. Ripping though the corn fields is fun, just watch for riders coming the other way. There a few stream crossings, logs, and quick drops and climbs to get the heart rate up, as well as more slow paced level sections. Can't wait to hit it again!

Recommended Route:
All loops are fun, but I especially liked the red and orange since they offered the biggest challenge.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Patapsco-Avalon
Rosaryville
Greenbrier



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Review Date
July 16, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Charlie Bikes ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just wanted to chime in quickly on the Farm...my normal destination close to home is Patapsco/Avalon. I work near Shaffer, so I try to get by when I can. While it has been a year or so since my last visit, I have to say that it doesn't disappoint. Can it get crowded, yes, but the "crowd" has not presented a problem. Still, the trails are a lot of fun - very different from my normal haunt, so I welcome the change. It's hardpack and fast. MORE did a great job in laying the trails out and keeping it interesting. Beginners should find this trail network a blast and experienced riders can let it all hang out. The trails are never one thing for too long - your up, down, left, right, off camber, roots, logs, streams, bridges - good times. I think the posted overall rating doesn't do the network justice. Perhaps if you ride here all the time, you want "more", but I find it a refreshing difference that most anyone can enjoy.

Recommended Route:
Doesn't matter - I typically make the broadest loop I can first, then wind back through the connectors. Trails are well marked and mapped at intersections.



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Review Date
June 15, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: crapaccount ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
i love this trail. i moved out to cali, but i still miss this trail mainly because i hate climbing, but love the obstacles and everything there. props to the guys who built up the logs and trials style obstacles...i wish there are more of those built! the one post is right, you can pretty much ride it all in your middle chain ring...but it's fun and that's what it's about.

Recommended Route:
from the parking lot, i hang a left and go around that loop. then when it hits back up to the main trail i hang a left and go around the rest. i don't go out to where everyone does way out the yellow (?) trail...i think it's boring. that first loop has log crossings, and some fun trials obstacles. there's a fun log ride at the start of that yellow trail that goes up between the trees, i don't know why people keep moving that ramp that goes down out of the way (hint hint!).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
frederick watershed but you'll never find the good stuff unless you know people...don't even try it on a cross country ride. everyone talking about gambrills must be riding something else, cuz i see more people walking their bikes there than riding...maybe it's cool to talk about riding gambrill. the rock gardens there are insane and you need to have your chops together.



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Review Date
October 30, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: BansheE66 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great and fun trail, can be difficult enough if you have a heavier bike. Has plenty of logs, creeks, and hills to keep you entretained. Orange trail is one of the funnest ones to me because its seems to have the most logs and technical stuff around. I ride here at least 2 times a week maybe more and i have never been disapointed, always go a different way.

Recommended Route:
All trails are fun, just connect them all and you'll have a fun day riding.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gambrill's, the watershed, patapsco.



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