Greenbrier State Park to Washington Monument Loop is a 12 mile loop trail located near Boonsboro, Maryland that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Strenuous hike from Greenbrier State Park to the Appalachian Trail leading to Washington Monument. This hike in Washington County begins in Greenbrier State Park bear Greenbrier Lake. With significant inclines, this hike passes Greenbrier Lake, and the Visitors center for Greenbrier State Park. It then ascends the Bartman Trail that connects to the Appalachian Trail. Heading south towards Washington Monument, the trail continues to climb. Many rocky trail sections, but no stream crossings. Some sections in Greenbrier SP can be muddy.
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 with 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.
Great views but not a fan of the Rocky trails almost the entire way... My ankles were happy to check that one off!!