Breezy Loop Trail, Turtle Trail, Gilliam Loop and Little Bucklodge Branch Creek Trail
EPIC has created two model public equestrian trail systems in the Agricultural Reserve, one along the Dry Seneca stream valley in Poolesville and another in Boyds. EPIC manages and maintains these equestrian trails through regular maintenance, signage, providing environmentally correct alignments, controlling erosion, removing trash and monitoring equestrian trail usage.
The EPIC Breezy Trails system consists of multiple connected loops with a single trail head at the Potomac Pony Club field and parking lot at 19301 Bucklodge Road. The entire system can be ridden in 2-3 hours depending on your route and pace.
All EPIC trails are posted with numbered sign patches to help riders stay on course and to reference if calling for help in an emergency. There are stream crossings, spectacular views of Sugarloaf Mountain and beautiful vistas of Montgomery County’s largest historic barn on Old Bucklodge Road.
The Turtle Trail is so named because of its proximity to the site of a box turtle habitat relocation effort by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and landowner (and EPIC co-founder) Mike Rubin. Part of the environmental mitigation program related to the Intercounty Connector (ICC) was the relocation and study of box turtles. As their habitat along the path of the ICC is being destroyed, the HSUS was tasked 2½ years ago with capturing and moving as many of these creatures as possible. The plan was to move the population to a new, safe locale and then sequester them for a period of time, then release. Two large pens were constructed, turtles placed therein, and two years later they were released with GPS locators implanted.
Please be careful not to step on a turtle as you ride through. (Box turtles like to rest in the middle of trails!)
The northern terminus of the Dry Seneca Trail lies below SanMar Stables on Partnership Road near Rte. 107 (Whites Ferry Rd.). The trail follows the stream for 5 miles, crossing Sugarland Road and continuing on to the southern terminus on Montevideo Road across from Seneca State Park. The terrain is gently rolling with a few hills and stream crossings and many scenic views of the stream and agricultural fields. Riding the Dry Seneca Trail round trip at a moderate pace should take about 3 hours. At Montevideo Rd. the Dry Seneca Trail connects to Seneca Creek a State Park and the new Seneca Bluffs Trail that goes to the Potomac River and C & O Canal. A public trailhead parking lot is situated on Montevideo Rd. at the entrance to the park. There is also some parking on Old River Road, near Poole’s Store.
Click the map below to download a PDF of Breezy Loop, Turtle Trail, Gilliam Loop and Little Bucklodge Branch Creek Trail: