Big Red Trail

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Big Red Trail is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Boonsboro, Maryland that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
731 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

paddle sports

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

wildlife

mountain biking
10 days ago

It was a good time challenging uphills and fun down hills

This is a nice 5 mile hike. Most of it is in the woods and it ends along a lake. All Trails labeled it easy. The sign at the park says difficult. I’d go with moderate. It’s rocky and there are some up hill stretches. The trail is very clearly marked. You can begin and end at a picnic area with bathroom facilities. There’s a sign at the park entrance that says “pets prohibited.”

hiking
25 days ago

The trail itself it’s not particularly difficult it’s got about two steep inclines. The only draw back is there is a section of the trail where there is a large collection of trash; i.e. beer bottles, rusted metal items. Aside from that, which could be a park maintenance problem, it’s a lovely hike!

1 month ago

When I arrived I saw a HUGE sign that said pets prohibited! Discouraging!!!! Yes

hiking
1 month ago

The first incline was challenging. Crossed a few streams, trail is rocky and sometimes loose and muddy. $5/person to get into the park. Bring bug spray and have fun. A nice trail.

hiking
4 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. A couple of points to note: there is a $3 entry fee to get into the park. The trailhead is closest to the boat launch parking. There are no signs except at the beginning of the trail which is a short walk across grass. The sign rates this trail as ‘hard’ but it’s closer to easy/moderate. You will have to cross a stream via rocks. Not many scenic overlooks, but the walk among the trees is just beautiful. Didn’t meet a single person on the trail.

trail running
4 months ago

Completed this as part of the Greenbrier Ultras trail race. Course was in opposite direction as shown here. We started near parking lot to a portion of the orange trail south to the red trail (excluded the red trail along the lake). Very challenging (mainly due to snow melt and muddy conditions after recent snow storm). I would not rate this less than Moderate going in this direction. Distance was 5.2 mi.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked a few days after Frederick County got
A foot of snow. Pretty winter walk, very muddy. Looking forward to coming back when it’s a little warmer.

5 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Fun hike on a well marked trail. Not a lot to see in scenic views as most of the tail is in the woods. A few spots had a steep incline, but nothing too serious.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Nice trail. Well marked. A couple of elevation changes, but mostly along the ridge. Not much in the way of views, but we did see several deer and some skittish chipmunks.

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

That was a nice hike..ups and downs..Enjoyed it..and a lake view was nice..I parked my motorcycle on mt atena road and started from there..Had myself some blackberries along the way before crossing the small stream..

Saturday, May 27, 2017

1st half mile not so easy

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Good walk got the heart rate up a bit.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

there's a couple inclines but nice variation of terrain and overall pleasant hike. I only ran into 5 people on the whole trail. no grand views or anything but its nice to be on a loop for convenience.

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Date: 11/20/2016 Great Hike.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Trail was well marked with signs every 1/2 mile or so. The trail was quite empty on this fall day and the colors were beautiful!

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

This is an awesome park. There are several trails that connect along big red trail. Big red had quite an incline at one point, so I'd actually label this trail as MODERATE. dogs are welcome from October 1st - the beginning of May.

hiking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

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.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

There is a nice selection of trails here and mtn. bikers as well.

hiking
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hiked this in the snow and ice one time. It was becoming dark and my brother and I were somewhat lost which led to this hike possibly being more epic than it should have been!

hiking
Saturday, October 05, 2013

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.

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