|Off Road Biking|
|Location||Greenwell State Park Trails
Greenwell Foundation, 301-872-5688
St. Mary's County
|Trail Access||Passage to the Red, Blue, Yellow and White trails require the use of the Gray trail to access. The White trail requires that bikers cross Steer Horn Neck Road.|
|Distance||Gray Access Trail: .45 mile
Red Trail: .73 mile
Blue Trail: 1.75 miles (a portion is temporarily closed due to storm damage)
White Trail: 1.25 miles
Yellow Trail: 1.15 miles, after leaving the Gray Access Trail
|Time||Varies with routes selected and users' riding abilities.|
|Trail||Wooded paths, field edges, service roads and park roads|
|Skill Level||Easy to moderate. If sections get too difficult, riders can walk these sections.|
|Suitable For Families?||Yes, taking into account the ages and experience of the children|
|Hazards/Restrictions||Motorized vehicles, including ATV's, are not permitted on any of the trails. Red trail for foot traffic only. Greenwell does have a managed hunting program. White trail crosses a public hardtop roadway. Horses and hikers are also welcome to use these trails. Proper care must be used by all users of multi-use trails. Ruts may be found on steeper trails. Watch for patches of loose sand and gravel. Greenwell is a trash free park, which requires users to carry out everything they carry in.|
|Natural Features||Diverse habitats including: deciduous forest, pine forests, open fields, wetlands, Patuxent River and Cuckold Creek offer abundant wildlife viewing opportunities.|
|Historic/Cultural Features||Rosedale Manor at Greenwell State Park
Sotterly Mansion (2 miles outside of park)
|Bike Rentals/Service||Patuxent Adventure Center, 410-394-2770|
|Camping||None available within a one hour bike ride. Camping is available at Point Lookout State Park which is 40 minutes south by vehicle.|
|Other Points of Interest||This park has a mission to be all-accessible to all physically challenged visitors. If special needs are anticipated, call the park for further information and assistance.|
|Other Accommodations||Hotels and motels are located in nearby California, Maryland|
|Fees or Permits||$3 donations are accepted via a donation box|
|Description||From the Gray Access Trail, turn to the left for the Red Trail. Most of the time it travels through deciduous forest. Keep an eye out for a family of gray squirrels hopping through the White Oak and Red Maple trees.
As you start using the Gray Trail, you will go through some farm fields.
The Blue Trail then turns right and travels into an open crop field. A grassy path loops around the edge of the field, with the forest on one side. Through the trees you can view the Patuxent River. While on the trail look for wildlife such as groundhogs, song birds, and white tailed deer.
If you stay on the Gray Trail, you will cross Steer Horn Neck Road and begin on the White Trail. This trail is predominately a hardwood forest. You will find a variety of vegetation such as American Beech, Red Oak, Spice Bush, Mountain Laurel, and many types of grasses. At one point, Cuckold Creek can be viewed from the trail.
The Yellow Trail is also accessed by following the Gray Trail and part of the Red Trail. It then veers to the left off the Red Trail. Fields are home to mice, moles, groundhogs and rabbits. Forests are habitat for raccoons, fox, white tailed deer, and many birds. Several barns along the trails also provide birds with habitat including: owls, swallows and wrens.
Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
- Trail maps are dispensed at the trail head
- Greenwell State Park homepage
- Tire repair kit or tube
- Bike pump
- Watch for horses and hikers who are also using the trails
- Be aware of your skill level and make safety your constant companion
- Have fun, be safe and come back often
- Bring sunscreen and insect repellent