- The Schaeffer Farm Trail is a mixture of field and forest where hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and bird watchers can enjoy a more remote area of Seneca Creek State Park. Mountain bikers are the most prevalent users. Wildlife thrives in the field and forest habitat. Stealth visitors are likely to see white-tailed deer, gray and red foxes, wild turkeys, beavers, groundhogs, squirrels and chipmunks. Birdlife is plentiful, too. Binoculars enhance the sight of warblers, vireos, meadowlarks, woodpeckers, and owls.
Begin the trail from the back of the parking lot following the white blazes. The 3.5-mile makes a continual entrance and exit amid woodland and open field, paralleling Black Rock Road on the east and a utility row on the west. Several easy creek crossings add interest to the well-worn path. A slight change in elevation brings a change in plantlife. You'll see red maples, white oaks, red oaks, white pines, ironwood, and even mountain laurel.
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