Greenbrier State Park, just off I270, is another of Marylands wonderful recreation areas, with everything from picnicking, camping, watersports, hiking, and much more. The hiking is on the easy side, with a multitude of interconnecting trails. The hike we have here follows the 4.7 mile Big Red Trail circuit.
Navigating the the labyrinth of trails at the park is made easy with excellent intersection singe. For this hike all you have to do is stay on the Big Red Trail.
Turn left at the intersection remaining on the Big Red Trail as it passes thought the quieter western section of Greenbrier State Park. You will pass two more intersections before the Big Red Trail makes a sharp right uphill for the steepest section of the loop.
There is another intersection that leads to a parking area at the top of Short Hill. Remain left on the Big Red Trail as it follow the ridge of Short Hill and passes the Snelling Fire Trail on the left, and shortly thereafter passing the opposite end of the blue blazed Rock Oak Fire Trail.
The Big Red Trail will make a gradual ascent, before descending and passing the orange blazed Camp Loop Trail, that as the name implies, goes to the camping area.
Greenbrier trails offer many options for difficulty and length of time so I'm able to choose a new circuit each time I go depending on how much time I have. Personally I like the red circuit--it's quiet and offers the peace I prefer to reflect and get a workout.
This hike was not very challenging and overall boring. The big red trail borders a hunting area, had we known there were going to be hunters in the area, we may have not gone on this hike. There were various areas strewn with trash and camping remnants, possibly from hunters. We only saw a few people total during this hike, but that may be due to the late date in the season. I would not rate this hike as a level 3 difficulty, it's probably closer to 1. There are no good views during this hike. Annapolis rock, just down the road is a much better, but also much busier hike. The lake is pleasant to see at the end of the hike. Parking is ample because it is a state park, but requires a $3 admission fee per vehicle.