Explore the most popular trails in Greenbrier State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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rocky
10 days ago

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13 days ago

nice trail, little rocky but fun.

We were in the town of Smithsburg for the Craft and Stream Tractor Show. - Very enjoyable day. - It has been years since we hiked in the Greenbrier State Park. - After walking at the Craft Show for hours I intended to only loop around the lake. - Because it was quite hot out we decided to hit a few trail sections that loop off of the lake to get in the shade. - Some of the terrain was a fairly steep climb. - Trails are well marked and maintained. - When we were on the Big Red Trail a small Black Bear was running up the hill about a 150 feet in front of us. - First one we saw this year.

Extremely Rocky during the first mile, hiking poles recommended

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1 month ago

Great hike- well marked wide trails shaded everywhere except around lake also side trails branch off if you want to make hike shorter

I wish I could give this place zero stars. The staff are horribly rude, condescending and creepy. Very sad that the management here is so terrible. Everyone i encountered that was employed here was super creepy. I’ve never had such a horrible experience anywhere. It’s very unfortunate that the people that work here are so off putting, unwelcoming and downright creepy. If you’re looking to have a pleasant time, avoid this place at all costs. You will regret coming here :(

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2 months ago

Great trail. Has good elevation changes. Trail is marked very well.

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rocky
3 months ago

Nice trail with lots of shade...good with a dog... creek crossing from North entrance.

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3 months ago

Lovely, well-marked and maintained wooded trail. Think there might be a nice view when the trees are bare. Will go again in the winter.

Nice trail, well marked. Some steep parts, very rocky in places. Nice morning workout.

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3 months ago

Easy, calm walk. Good for the dogs.

Not seeing the review for the Rt 40 parking lot —> Washington Monument out-and-back so I’ll leave it here. Did this on Saturday last weekend and the trail was in excellent shape. The AT thru-hiker bubble is in Maryland right now so there were lots of thru and section hikers on the trail. Quite a bit of SOBOers, but I’m assuming they were flip-floppers because Baxter State Park in Maine just opened for the season. The climb toward the Washington Monument is minimal. Erosion logs reduce the elevation gain. If you find this climb difficult, you should jump on a stair master. Outstanding view at the top — perhaps more interesting than the Annapolis Rock/Black Rock combo. It should be noted that the monument itself has scaffolding on it and is undergoing renovation.

Beautiful park and great trails.

Great trek; make sure to have bug spray. There are no wide-sweeping views but a lot of ups/downs .

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rocky
4 months ago

on Big Red Trail

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muddy
over grown
5 months ago

Great signage and well marked. Easy to take other trails to trim down the mileage if you decide you want to get off this trail. Two stream crossings, a bit muddy and overgrown in spots. Overall it was a nice walk in the woods.

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5 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail, going counter-clockwise from the beach, we walked past the boat ramp to the trail head. Heading in, we felt the trail was well kept, looked rather simple, just a path in the woods. We found the stream that others have mentioned and it was fun for our son to play around in for a few minutes. We moved on, finding the incline. From the incline, it becomes a fantastic workout on top of a good hike. We like moderate trails and like to work a little for our time in nature. The rest of the trail was just as nice. We are an active family and my husband was under two weeks recovering from a liver surgery to remove metastatic cancer (he has a 12in cut and is healing well). I wouldn’t recommend anyone really try this two weeks after surgery, but my husband continues to prove to me that he is Superman (seriously though, it could be a tough trail for someone with knee or other issues). Anyway, on the last part down, the view of the lake was lovely. Our son played on some large rocks as we made our way back to the car. Definitely a fun trail!

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muddy
6 months ago

The Big Red Trail was well marked and well maintained. There were some muddy areas but the majority of the trail was very manageable. I will definitely try this trail out again later in the spring when there is more foliage.

First time going SOBO from the Myersville trailhead of the AT. Definitely less crowded and much more peaceful. As someone else mentioned, the big elevation gain is in the last quarter to half mile coming into the Washington Monument so make sure you save a bit of gas for it. Pretty views and cool history from the overlook, take a few extra minutes to climb up the spiral staircase and go to the top of the monument. I was surprised by the amount of downed trees on the ridgeline from storms; although there weren't leaves on the trees yet, I imagine even when there are, there will still be big gaps in the canopy.

Cool trail with a great historical site at the end. Be sure to watch for the trail markings.

Great hike on a warm February morning. The beginning trail head is well hidden to the left and behind the visitor’s center. This trail is also quite a strenuous hike uphill, gaining 500 ft in half a mile. The rest of the hike along the Appalachian trail is quite nice and moderately level. The trail to get back to the visitor’s center is easily missed, so keep your eyes open and look up, the sign is about 8ft up. There was a fair amount of ice and snow on the trails which made some spots slippery.

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