Monthly Archives: August 2015

Old River Road Swimming Hole

16315 Old River Road
Poolesville, MD 20837

Last week I read an article in the Washingtonian called “6 Great Swimming Holes Near Washington DC“. One of the places listed is Seneca Creek in Poolesville, MD. I googled the address and found that it was only about a 20 minute drive from Potomac. So, one morning when we had some free time before an afternoon camp, I spontaneously decided to take my girls to check it out. We’re always up for an adventure!

After turning onto Old River Road, I first saw the Poole’s Store. It’s a historic general store but is not currently open, so we parked right in front of this store. Further behind the Poole’s Store is an old barn and private residence, so don’t park there. To get to the creek, it’s just a short walk across the street and through a grassy area over towards the bridge.

It’s a really peaceful and relaxing area. The water is clear and shallow and there are large flat rocks that you can sit on. The current is gentle and the water is warm. My youngest daughter was a little hesitant; she was just happy playing at the water’s edge. Clara, my 4 year old was having a great time splashing around. I think children a bit older would especially love this swimming hole.

PoolesvilleSwimmingHole3 PoolesvilleSwimmingHole2 PoolesvilleSwimmingHole1The swimming pool can start getting mundane towards the end of summer, so taking a dip in the creek is a fun way to mix it up. Good old fashioned summer fun!

Good to Know:

• No fee to park or swim
• No bathrooms
• No place to buy food or drinks nearby, so bring your own

July – Monthly Roundup


Wow, I blinked and another month of summer just passed by! July was a really fun month full of amazing memories. We spent the first 9 days visiting family and friends in Nebraska. Celebrating the 4th of July there was a fun experience for my girls. I was able to (legally) light fireworks for them in Mimi & Papa’s driveway. Smoke bombs and ground bloom flowers were a big hit! Clara also got to stay up late to watch a “big” fireworks display for the first time. Then we traveled back to DC and a week later we celebrated Mae’s 2nd birthday. The last two weeks of July, both girls went to summer camp together for the first time. That has been life changing to have a few hours to myself a couple mornings a week! But in between traveling, celebrations, lessons, and camp, we did make time for some family fun activities in the DC area.

Places we visited:

Sunflower fields at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area
Butler’s OrchardBlog post from last summer here
BusyBeesBlog post here
Bounce U
Potomac Farm Market
Homestead FarmBlog post from last fall here
• Old River Road swimming hole in Poolesville – This trip was inspired by an article I saw in the Washingtonian – “6 Great Swimming Holes Near Washington, DC”.

Events we attended:

Wings of Fancy Exhibit at Brookside Gardens
Summer Market Fair at Claude Moore Colonial Farm
Alphabet Rockers at Wolf TrapBlog post here
Backyard Theater for Children at Strathmore
Shrek the Musical at Encore Stage & Studio

Classes and camps we attended:

Geneva Day School Summer Camp
My Gym Potomac

Parks we played at:

Hadley’s Playground – Potomac, MD #41 in a list of the top 50 playgrounds in the US
North Farm Park – Rockville, MD
Cabin John Park – Bethesda, MD
Potomac Woods Park – Rockville, MD

Hope you found some good ideas for your family in this month’s list! We are looking forward to a trip to Rehoboth Beach in August. My goal is to make the most out of the last month of summer before Clara starts full day pre-k! I want to seize every last day of this sweet summer goodness. Happy August!

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