Dog Friendly Hiking on the Seneca Connector Trails in Seneca Tract Regional Park in Northern Virginia

by | Mar 25, 2017 | National Parks and Public Lands, Outdoor Recreation

Hubs, Rackers, and I completed Hike 7 in the 52 Hike Challenge by hiking from the Seneca Connector Trails in Seneca Tract (aka Seneca Regional Park). We hiked a total of 2 miles by combining the Orange and Yellow Blaze trails. After this hike, my challenge stats include:

• 7/52 hikes completed (13.46% of the way to my goal)
• 15.76 miles hiked
• 7 unique trails
• 1 solo hike
• 6 companion hikes
• 2 K-9 accompanied hikes

PART 1: Hiking the Orange Blaze Seneca Connector Trail

From what I have been able to gather, Seneca Regional Park has not been fully developed as remains similar to how it was when it was first acquired as the “Seneca Tract”. Regardless, it is an amazing place to hike due to the seclusion it offers. We parked in the designated lot, which was fairly full by mid-morning. At the trailhead, we decided to follow the Orange Blaze as it looked like the most straight forward trail towards the water. For those same reasons, a lot of other people made the same decision. For that same reason, a lot of other people made the same decision. We met numerous people on the trail and lots of dogs, many who were (illegally) off-leash. Even with those distractors, it was still a great scenic trail.

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Part 2: Hiking the Yellow Blaze Seneca Connector Trail

After connecting with the gravel road at the end of the Orange Blaze, we decided to take the Yellow Blaze back to the parking lot. Our hope was that it would be a little more secluded than the heavily traveled Orange Blaze. Our assumption was correct and we only met a handful of people and dogs on the return. I will warn you though, the first section of the Yellow Blaze goes straight up a hill! :)

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TIPS FOR HIKING in Seneca Tract

• This is a dog-friendly park… maybe too dog-friendly. We encountered numerous dogs off-leash despite signage reminding visitors of the leash law.
• There are no toilets available in the park.
• The orange blaze trail is very popular. Hike the yellow trail for more seclusion.

Learn more about the 52 Hike Challenge by visiting the official website.

By Sara Beth

Sara Beth is a wanderlust soul who is focused on simplistic and mindful living. She is passionate about National Parks, road trips, and board games. Her early years were spent in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. After graduating from university, she moved to Las Vegas, fell in love, and adopted a dog. Today, she lives with her husband and their dog in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

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