Nestled near the heart of Frederick-Hagerstown, Maryland, Greenbrier State Park offers a 5-mile loop trail that is not just a series of rocks and roots but a canvas for intermediate riders seeking a nuanced blend of challenges and excitement. Perfectly sandwiched between beginner and advanced levels, the trail provides varying degrees of difficulty with enough wiggle room to test your skills or simply have a good ride.
How to Get There
From the East:
- Take I-70 west to exit 42. Bear right onto Rt. 17 north (follow signs).
- Go into the center of Myersville and Rt. 17 will turn right. Follow Rt. 17 to the flashing lights at the intersection of Rt. 40.
- Turn left onto Rt. 40 west. Follow for three miles and the park is on the left.
From the West:
- Take I-70 east to exit 35. Bear right onto Rt. 66 (follow signs).
- Go straight to the stoplight at the intersection of Rt. 40. Turn left onto Rt. 40 east.
- Follow for two miles and the park is on the right.
For reservations, call 1-888-432-CAMP(2267) or visit Greenbrier State Park Website.
- Terrain: Rocky in some sections, root-filled climbs.
- Features: Stream crossings, a few notable climbs, and exhilarating downhills.
- Best for: Intermediate riders looking for a challenging yet manageable experience.
- Trail Marking: Well-marked with maps at intersections.
The trail starts with a punchy climb that might necessitate a hike-a-bike for some riders. However, persevering through this section reveals more manageable terrains further ahead. While the trail is mostly wide single-track to double-track, it’s sprinkled generously with rock gardens, compelling the rider to maintain focus and control.
- Winter: While riding during snow isn't recommended for beginners, experienced riders might find it a good workout.
- Fall: Hunting is allowed in the park. Make sure to wear orange during hunting seasons.
- Late Fall/Winter/Early Spring: Low crowd, so you can enjoy solitary rides.
Routes and Loops
- Red Loop: Mostly recommended, especially if riding counter-clockwise to avoid an arduous climb.
- Blue Trail: An alternative that offers an easier climb.
Tips for Riders
- Parking: Use the back parking entrance for avoiding the state park fee or use the parking lot off of Greenbrier Rd for free parking.
- Trail Conditions: Can get slippery during or after rain due to shale rocks.
- Equipment: Full suspension is recommended due to the rocky terrain.
Greenbrier State Park Trail isn't a destination trail, but it offers enough quality to make it a local favorite. Its rock gardens and root-filled climbs may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they are the elements that make this trail a unique place to hone your skills or get in a quick ride without going too far from the city. So if you are in the Frederick-Hagerstown area and are up for an intermediate-level challenge, this trail should be on your radar.