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MD-Greenbrier State Park

Greenbrier State Park
21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713-9535
(301) 791-4767

Trail Conditions Forum Here

Trail Liaison: Phil VanWerkhoven, Greenbrier@more-mtb.org
Spring 2010 Trailwork Days: Sunday, March 21; Sunday, April 11

Description


Greenbrier is a multi-use park providing many kinds of recreation. The Appalachian Trail passes near the park. The 42-acre man-made lake and beach draw many visitors who enjoy swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, interpretive programs and nature study.

Trail Description
Mountain Biking trails are similar in difficulty to Gambrill, with many rocky areas and technical sections, although there are some trails for all levels.

Notes: Pets are prohibited

Directions

From the East
Take I-70 west to exit 42. Bear right onto Rt. 17 north (follow signs). Go into the center of Myersville and Rt. 17 will turn right. Follow Rt. 17 to the flashing lights at the intersection of Rt. 40. Turn left onto Rt. 40 west. Follow for three miles and the park is on the left.

From the West
Take I-70 east to exit 35. Bear right onto Rt. 66 (follow signs). Go straight to the stoplight at the intersection of Rt. 40. Turn left onto Rt. 40 east. Follow for two miles and the park is on the right.

Trail Information

The Greenbrier trail system varies in terrain and can be very rocky. These trails can become slippery after rain or have obstacles blocking paths. Mountain bikes are welcome on most Greenbrier State Park trails. Exceptions include the face of the dam, the section of unblazed trail between the Rock Oak Fire Trail and the dam, and the Bartman Hill Trail. Bikes are not allowed on the Appalachian Trail. Please ride safely, wear a helmet and be courteous to other trail users.

Red Trail 4.5 miles - difficult
The longest in the park, this forested trail is a complete circuit. Therefore, you may access it at many places, including the lake area and dogwood camping loop. Enjoy views of the lake in several different locations on the trail. Several very steep sections can make this trail challenging for hikers and mountain bikers.

Rock Oak Fire Trail 1.5 miles - moderate
Throughout the summer, many trail users enjoy the sights of blooming mountain laurel and rhododendrons along this level trail as it traces through a hardwood forest of oak, maple and hickory. Users will catch limited views of the lake and maybe a white-tailed deer or turkey. Hikers and mountain bikers can access this trail to enjoy a shorter loop on the Red Trail.

Camp Loop Trail 1.5 miles - moderate
Mainly accessed by campers, this trail parallels all four camping loops and allows easy access to the lake.

Snelling Fire Trail 1 mile - moderate
Enjoy this cool, forested trail on a hot summer day. Be sure to stop and listen for the sounds of wildlife that make their homes in the forest. A gray squirrel or chipmunk frantically crossing your path is a site commonly seen in this region of Maryland.

Water Tank Trail 0.5 mile - moderate
Pileated woodpeckers are often seen and heard along the trail. Keep en eye in the sky for soaring raptors, such as the red-tailed hawk. Spring months bring the sights and sounds of colorful songbirds. Many varieties of warblers are often seen darting through the understory.

Several short spur trails, including Green, Yellow, Copperhead, and Water Tank, were created to connect longer trails, allowing for alternate loops in the trail system.

Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclan...reenbrier.html

Fees: Memorial Day-Labor Day: weekdays $2 per person, weekends/holidays $3 per person May and September weekends $2 per person All other times or when toll booth is not staffed $2 per vehicle Seniors and disabled persons with pass and children in car seats are free.

Park Hours: Park open 8 a.m. to sunset.

Night Riding:

References

Trail Map: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclan...nbriermap.html

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