Lake Shore Trail
ElevationAscent: 114' 35 m
Descent: -113' -34 m
High: 379' 116 m
Low: 351' 107 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)
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“Follow the shore of Clopper Lake for a fast and fun three miles.”— Kenneth Janosko
Intersects with the Seneca Creek Greenway if you're looking for more mileage.
If parking is full the trail can be accessed from multiple points including the Boathouse, Main Picnic area, and Kingfisher Overlook. It can also be accessed with about 0.1-0.2 miles on the Mink Hollow Trail from most of the picnic and pavilion sites.
Cross the roundabout and look for a path going off through the meadow and back into the woods. The trail will split off to your right at a set of benches. You'll cross another opening then head back into the woods.
One more long climb and then you'll descend towards a gravel path across the dam. Keep an eye out for the trail at the other end of the dam. It's been re-routed recently.
A few trails intersect here, so keep an eye for the blue blazes and enjoy the roller coaster of rises and falls.
Follow the trail the rest of the way around the lake and you'll find yourself back at the gravel path you started on.
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Land Manager: Maryland Department of Natural Resources