Greenbrier is a multi-use park providing many kinds of recreation. The Appalachian Trail passes through the park. The 42-acre man-made lake and beach draw many visitors who enjoy swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing and hunting. As with most of Maryland's State Parks, a park map is available at the park office. Located in the Appalachian Mountains, this state park offers many recreational opportunities. The man-made freshwater lake offers swimming, sunbathing, boating and fishing opportunities. There are also hiking trails which meander through a variety of wildlife habitats and afford a view of the area's geological history. Picnic tables and grills and playgrounds are available in the day-use area.
I started this hike from the Greenbrier State Park Visitor Center, took the Bartman Hill Trail, connected with AT, reached Washington Monument and back to the Visitor Center, total 6 miles with 1,600 ft elevation gain. It was a good workout and a view at the monument. Paid $3 entry fee per car at the Greenbrier State Park gate.
Great hike. I chose to head north on the AT to check out Annapolis Rock and then Black Rock. Awesome views from this route. I also did the Washington Monument route as well no real complaints about that hike either. One thing about hiking this section of AT is the rocky trails. Just part of the terrain.
We did this hike last week and it was a lot of fun. Parking at the visitor center and starting the trail from there is a must. It starts out with .6 miles up hill which takes you to a split. You can either goto the Washington monument or Annapolis rocks. I would suggest goto the monument, then to Annapolis rocks. The 12 mile hike is well worth your time! There will be a lot of rock, so wear supportive shoes.
There are a number of trails in Greenbrier State Park to include the Big Red Trail - the longest trail in the park at 4.5 miles. The trail starts down along the lake and makes a nice long loop on the west side of the park. I would rate the trail as moderate with a couple of hills to transverse but nothing too difficult. If you want, you can park on Route 40 where the AT has a parking spot and hike south along the trail until you get to the Bartman's Hill Trail (on the right) which will take you down into the park for a total of 7.5 miles. See attached link for a good map of the trails.
This trail was a pretty good hike. We did the red trail at Greenbrier. It was long. enough and a good mixture of flat, rocky, up hill, and down hill. You can chose to shorten the hike at a few points on the trail by jumping on the blue trail.The only reason I wasn't too impressed is because it was kind of boring. There weren't many good views. Overall, we enjoyed the hike though.