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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

Homestead Farm – It’s Apple Picking Season

Homestead Farm
15604 Sugarland Road
Poolesville, MD 20837

Homestead Farm is one of our favorite pick-your-own farms in the area. It isn’t as crowded as other farms and it is located in a scenic and peaceful area. I received the email update earlier this week announcing that Honeycrisp apples were in great abundance and ready for picking. So, the girls and I headed out to the farm this afternoon.


Homestead is open 7 days a week 9-6pm

After entering, we picked up a cart and bucket at the market. It is a bit of a walk from the market to the apple fields, so I gave the girls a ride in the cart.


Much more fun than the stroller


Follow the signs

The signs direct you to the rows that are ready for picking. The rows that are not yet ripe are roped off.


Honeycrisp is Homestead’s fastest selling variety


Clara did all the picking while Mae & I ate



After picking apples, we stopped by the cut-your-own flower patch.


Bags and scissors are provided


Clara was oohhing & ahhing over the colorful flowers

After picking flowers we headed over to feed the goats. Animal feed is available to purchase in the market.


Friendly goats

The goat walk is pretty cool! On the far left post is a pulley with a small bucket for food. You can then send the bucket up to the top to entice the goats to climb the beams.


Goat walk

Today we also saw some chickens and an alpaca. Other times we have been at the farm there have been cows and pigs as well.


Mr Alpaca was eager to meet us

There is also a hay bale area for the kids to play.


I love this place!

Other useful info about visiting Homestead Farm:

• No pets allowed
• No birthday parties
• Porta-potties only
• The market sells a variety of seasonally fresh fruits & veggies, local honey, & preserves
• The market accepts credit cards
• A food stand is open on the weekends where they sell hotdogs, hamburgers, desserts, etc
• Sign up on their website for the email updates so you know what is available to pick

We will definitely be going back in a month or so to pick pumpkins and go on a hayride.