Green Ridge State Forest - TRAIL

Green Ridge State Forest - Trail, Rocky Gap, Maryland

12 miles. Signal track in some spots. Good hills, pretty challenging up hills, fast down hills. Nice state park. I've seen reviews for Greenbrier, but I don't think this is the same place. It's a mix of skills Advanced and "Extreme" riders will find it faily easy. But I think it would still a fun ride. Great camp site also.

User Reviews (15)

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yetiman   Cross Country Rider [Oct 10, 2011]

Frequent visitor to DCL from DC area so always wondered about this trail. Made time for it on the way up to DCL for Columbus day Weekend, so here it goes: Significant climbing and non-hardpacked trail surface make this a really good workout. seems like 85% of the ride you are pointed up and the mixture of leaf, bark, twig and acorn litter kind of make it like riding on fly paper. No real hike a bike for technical reasons (trail has little to know intentional tech features if you don't include deadfall, washes and the like), but had to grab a tree or two to catch my breath on some of the climbs. down hill is nothing great, esp because of boggy conditions. a couple of sections with minimal switchbacks, other than that no real bike handling skills really needed...I figure if you are in the area Rocky Gap would be a more enjoyable ride, and if u go all the way to Accident, MD the Margraff Plantion trails are really fun! I give props to the boy scouts and dept of corrections for doing some serious work to get the Green Ridge trail in, but it clearly is a mountain bike trail made by non-mountain bikers.

Customer Service

Head north from MTB parking lot trail head, follow the signs. Some of the street crossings to pick up trail can be tricky esp. on Williams

Similar Products Used: Rocky Gap, Margraff Plantation to the North West. Frederick Watershed to the South
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2
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4
pburnsky   Cross Country Rider [Oct 27, 2009]

I enjoyed this trail a lot. It has a mix of switch back steep climbs, fast, smooth descents and some nice mountain views. Some minor rock gardens, off camber roots, makes this a bit more of a trail for beginners and a challenge for intermediate riders. For those that think this is a non-technical ride, just ride it fast and hard and consider it a hour and half intense workout. This is a classic Mid Atlantic Appalachian style ride. Thanks to the Park Rangers that made this trail.

Customer Service

Going Clockwise was great. Next time I'll do it counterclockwise and report back. I rode this mid October and the autumn colors were peaking.

Similar Products Used: Similar to Frederick Watershed area but not as rocky.
Patapsco Avalon area is tighter and shorter ups and downs.
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3
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3
mudforlunch   Weekend Warrior [Oct 09, 2008]

eh. This trail is ok. Very scenic, able to camp and ride. A lot of down trees. Some parts seem maintained and some seem grown over. I was the only mtber on the trails all weekend. The way the trail is routed seems kind of stupid, if you follow the signs and do it in the right direction all the climbs have nice well maintained singletrack, and all the descents have you going down straight washouts or fireroads and eroded stuff with rocks everywhere. If you do this trail backwards, its much more enjoyable. Youll have to hike a bike on some climbs, but the twisty dh parts will be worth it. If youre into fast DH I found an awesome 2-3 mile or so chunk that you can shuttle up and down.

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3
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3
Jwiffle   Cross Country Rider [Apr 11, 2008]

Rode this trail for the first time today. Great fun! I'd say this a great trail for intermediate riders with decent aerobic fitness. 12 miles of dedicated mountain biking makes for a great ride. Flows very well, a lot of fast, flowy sections that are fun to rail. A couple of steep, loose, rocky downhills that may be scary for a novice, but an intermediate rider can navigate. A few really good climbs (by good, I mean tough)--but all rideable (in other words, not a mandatory hike-a-bike, but if you're not in decent shape, they may well be hike-a-bikes) Stream crossings keep it interesting. Basically, a good all-around trail ride with a little something of everything--logs, a very few small rock gardens, ups, downs, etc.
Hopefully, maintenance crews will get out soon--there were a few big trees down over the trail at spots.

Customer Service

It's a directional trail, so follow the signs. Mile markers count downward from 12 instead of upward. I thought that was interesting.

Similar Products Used: Gambril, Greenbrier, Rocky Gap, Cacapon, Sleepy Creek.
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5
VALUE
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3
Mike   Cross Country Rider [Mar 17, 2008]

This used to be a real fun ride, even riding it alone I would laugh out loud thinking about all the fun I was having without having to pay a fee to use this coarse! But now, as of March of '08, it just isn't the same, and I wouldn't recommend this until changes/repairs are made to this trail. Last week, after not being in there since Sept, of '07, I had to walk the great heartbreaker of a hill for about 2/3 the length (it's about a mile long total). The erosion and blow-down will take more effort to repair than a team of volunteers is able to accomplish. This hill (and at least two other areas) need to be graded by large equipement at this point. And with a lack of funds to areas like this, I don't think it'll happen anytime this year. Hopefully I'm wrong on that. There were at least 10 other areas of blow-down that were waist high, and me & my bud each had to pull sticks from spokes & derailers about 15 times each. If you're planning a trip out here, I'd call the Green Ridge State Forest Headquarters first to ask them about trail conditions.

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1
VALUE
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4
Scoboa   Cross Country Rider [Dec 31, 2006]

This is a well maintained trail in a fairly isolated area. It is a combo of 30 percent fire road and 70 percent singletrack. It has white blazes and milage markers but sometimes they are a little far between. Make sure you weare bright colors because evan though I rode on a sunday and X-mas eve I still saw hunters and heard gunshots. Riding clockwise you get some steep climbs to 1600 then 1800 feet followed by a good downhill but it has some babyheads so be carefull the you do a few stream crossings followed by another 1.5 mile down hill that is a fast as you want it to be, I got up to 30+ mph! It finishes with a few small stream crossings. Not real tech but a great ride.

Customer Service

follow the signs to the trailhead then go clockwise

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4
VALUE
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3
sashadog   Cross Country Rider [Dec 01, 2003]

OK Trail, not very technical or difficult.

Customer Service

As Stated Above

Similar Products Used: Not Sure
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3
VALUE
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3
sashadog   Cross Country Rider [Nov 11, 2003]

After reading the reviews and state park brochure I really expected more. Maybe I am spoiled by my home town ride in the frederick water shed and Gambril state park which is much more difficult. I will say that the loop was enjoyable and is recommended for intermediate riders because it lacks technical difficulty. I did not find any of the climbs difficult as well, however their was some nice views making the ride worth while. This trail does not seem to get much traffic so if you like solitude it will be worth the drive. I did not see a sole the entire ride. Lots of creek crossing's and some nice sections. This trail is in the middle of no where so bring a friend. Hats off to the youth group designed this trail. Thanks!!! PS This would be a great ride for a group because there is a big field at the trail head that allows camping.

Customer Service

As described above, buy the state park Bike map at the greenridge HQ which is exit 64

Similar Products Used: Frederick Water Shed, Gambril State Park
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3
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3
Scott   Cross Country Rider [Jul 19, 2003]

As someone else stated, here in Pennsylvania, it seems as though more and more trails are being shut off from us. This trail was very refreshing to see; pure singletrack created for US! It's just as everyone else has described: steep climbs, fast downhills, rock gardens, a couple of stream crossings, and just plain ole' beautiful and exhilarating!

Customer Service

From Artemas PA: take Green Ridge Road across 68 and turn right on to the first road you come to after crossing over top of 68. A short distance down the road, you will see bike signs and you will make a left turn, and then just follow the signs to the trail head.

Similar Products Used: Grouseland in Purcell Pennsylvania
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5
VALUE
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4
mtnpat   [Oct 19, 2000]

I concur with the initial review posted above. Not technical riding (no rocky/rooty sections), just fast and fun, some interesting elevation changes. All of the people I have taken there, have enjoyed it, a nice change from the sometimes steep and always rocky riding seen in this part of the country. It is a purpose built mountain bike trail, and we should all use it and not abuse it.
Recommended for anyone in good shape, or anyone who can handle walking some steep hills without having cardiac arrest.
Closest town if coming from the South, is Paw Paw, WV. You can enter Green Ridge State Forest very close to there. The nice people at Maryland Dept of Parks, sent me some very nice COLOR trail maps.

Customer Service

clockwise (its a loop)

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3
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