Greenbrier State Park - Trail, Frederick-Hagerstown, Maryland

Greenbrier State Park - Trail, Frederick-Hagerstown, Maryland

DESCRIPTION

Rocky,not as much as gambrill,some good steep climbs,nice armburning down hills,one creek crossing.Most trails loop back around.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 28, 2008]
woowoowoowoo
Cross Country Rider

I hated Greenbrier the first time we went, but we had our second time there today and I LOVED it. Ride the red trail counter-clockwise. There's one killer climb at the beginning that we didn't even attempt, but the rest of the trail was great, even with a ton of leaves and a little damp. This is a trail with good drainage, by the way, so if it's been raining you can safely ride here without damaging hte trails. The only muddy spot was near the stream crossing at the top. The terrain is definitely rocky but bike-able, even for a noob.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 14, 2008]
Scott In MD
Weekend Warrior

Groove-able trail; lots of rocks but experienced riders can make it 4.5 miles with both feet on the pedals, and us old guys can still have a lot of fun with minimal walking. Not a technically challenging as nearby Gambrill trails, and not as crowded. The trail itself is not so scenic (...Sedona is scenic) but Greenbrier Park offers real Appalachian forest environs and there are great facillities near the scenic spring-fed mountain lake including picnic tables, a swimming area, and a snack-n-drink shop (open in Summer). Plenty of very safe parking inside the park for $3 or else park just north of the park on Greenbrier Road in an easilly accessible trail head for free. Out of towners could camp here and ride Patapsco (40 miles), Gambrill(11 miles) and Greenbrier; plus get yer spin on at C&O Canal trail (20 miles) for a really cool long weekend. Pretty good drainage allows for no standing water the day after a soaking rain, but there is one cool stream crossing that is very close to Greenbrier Road trailhead in case you want to get some photos. Lots of leaves can hide grapefruit sized loose rocks in the fall. You can pick up a brochure on the South Mountain recreation area at the park entrance and also at the nearby Appalachian Trail trailhead that includes a good Greenbrier trail map on page 6. This is not a five-star trail ... this is a GREAT place to ride. You can get as technical as you want to be on the climbs or take the smooth hardpack gravel around the lake if you want to chill.

Customer Service

To get there: Maryland Route 40 from Frederick or Hagerstown to the park entrance (for $3) or you can turn east from Route 40 just northwest of the park (turn left if you are travelling from Frederick) onto Mt Lena road, then south (left) onto Greenbrier Road and you will shortly see a trailhead. The park entrance is easy to find so don't worry about getting lost on your first trip; just have three buck in cash because the credit card machine has been busted all year.

Best Ride: From the Greenbrier Road trailhead go uphill due south on the "blue" Rock Oak Fire trail. Log your time on the way up. Then jam downhill on the eastern leg of the Big Red "red" trail along the lake. At the bottom, stop to finish the rest of your coffee then head back up the blue trail again, checking to see if you make it up any faster now that your are warmed up. Now head down the west leg of the Big Red trail ... this is technically more challenging than the east leg. At the bottom, stop at your car again and call your wife to tell her you are going for one more lap. Now make a counterclockwise lap on the paved road around the perimeter of the park then jam down Blue trail.

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Gambrill (11 miles) is tough and rocky. I like Greenbrier better, but most people like Gambrill better. I guess they like walking.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 19, 2008]
Paul Cherry
Weekend Warrior

I stumbled upon this park while traveling out west. What luck. It's awesome. Most parts I found were within my skill level but a couple segments on the red trail humbled me as the incline was steep. I found doing the red trail counterclockwise much easier. You can do all the trails in 2 hours. This park has a nice campground, the facilities are clean, well kept, nice concessions, and the lake would be a great place to take the kids.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 16, 2008]
jeffw-13
Weekend Warrior

This trail has been pretty well covered in the other reviews, I just wanted to add that you can avoid the admission fees by turning onto Mt Lena road which is less than a mile north of the main entrance to the park. Follow Mt Lena for roughly a mile then make a left onto Greenbrier road then watch for a small parking area on the left. This was put here by the park service to give bikes & hikers access to the trail system without having to go into the main park.

The trail off of the parking area puts you on the north end of the red trail.

Watch out for the stream crossing 100 yards in!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 16, 2008]
Jeff Watson
Weekend Warrior

This trail has been pretty well covered in the other reviews, I just wanted to add that you can avoid the admission fees at the park by turning onto Mt Lena road which is about a half mile north of the main entrance off of Rt 40. Follow Mt Lena for roughly a mile then make a left onto Greenbrier road and watch for a small parking area on the left. This was put here by the park to give hikers & bikers access to the trail system without going into the main park.

The trailhead is right off the parking area and puts you on the red trail after a short ride.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 09, 2005]
notrelatedtoted
Cross Country Rider

Nice mix of climbing, descending, buff singletrack and some rocky patches. Good for the intermediate rider and a nice workout. It may not be the most scenic trail, but I had tons of fun. The trails were in great shape when I was there, and I've heard that they drain very well (probably due to all the rocks). There are some sections that go right down the fall line where you can see some erosion. Unfortunately, those sections are also pretty steep so braking/skidding is kind of an issue. Overall, though, these trails are sweeeeet.

Customer Service

I did the red loop counter-clockwise, over to orange and then did the red clockwise but spent some time on the white trail, I think. From what I can tell, you can't go wrong. Trails are very well marked, maps at just about every fork. The trails are laid out in somewhat concentric circles, so its pretty difficult to get lost.

Similar Products Used:

Shaeffer, Foutainhead.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 26, 2004]
t4t3r
Cross Country Rider

My first true trail experience, probably not the best place to start for beginners, but it is the closest to me. Lots of rocks and logs, very little dirt singletrack. I hit the toughest trails since they were easiest to get to, varied terrain and some nice views though. Trails are easy to follow once you find them, very challenging also. Only saw 3 hikers in the ~2 hours I was there, and no other bikers. Entrance fee is $4 for out of state. I'd like to make another visit one day to ride all the trails. Still recommended for intermediate to seasoned riders.

Customer Service

Red Trail - has a lot of different terrain, but is very rocky. Some nice descents and a stream crossing. Easily accessible and long. Bartman Hill Trail (light blue) - quite challenging, rocks everywhere and almost all downhill or uphill depending on your direction. Site says mountain bikes not allowed, but the park guide given to you at the entrance says the opposite.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 02, 2003]
UncleWalter
Cross Country Rider

Do my lunchtime rides out here, so I usually do a quick counter-clockwise ride starting up black trail, onto blue trail, down into a mean rock garden which leads to nice, long, rocky uphill. At the end I take a left up into the red trail (more rock garden) and then down the arm-numbing orange trail by the camp sites. It's a tough ride but varied and fun. The full red trail is fun as well. Be prepared to lose it on Heartbreak Hill.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 05, 1999]
Kirk

Overall a good ride for intermediate skilled riders. You can do the long loop twice and get a good ride out of it. The downhill from the top back to the lake is fast, if your good you can hit 30mph with no trouble. Watch for hikers as you roket down the mountain. Occasionally I have seen some folks riding horses in the area as well. Share the trails and lets keep 'em open for all.

Customer Service

Start at the lakside parking lot next to the boat ramp.
Parallel the lake straight into the woods, sign marked for trail. Follow singletrack to a dead end at the gravel road and take a left. Go 1/4 mile and make a right through a decent stream crossing. Trail splits just ahead. Straight is a long grinding uphill, right is a technical zig-zag up the mountain. You be treated to a good mix of trails on top all feed into a fast downhill back to the lake.

Similar Products Used:

Frederick Watershed, and Schaeffer Farm

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 15, 1999]
dan davis

Greenbrier is the lesser known neighbor to Gambrill and the Watershed so it sees less use. This is good and bad: you don't have anyone bothering you but you also have no one else smoothing out the trails. They are rough. Greenbrier is good if you live nearby and are looking for something new but if you're making the trek from DC you might as well check out the other parks in the area.

Customer Service

what the other guy said

Similar Products Used:

Gambrill, Watershed, Sugarloaf

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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