Holiday Hike in Greenwell State Park: Featuring -- Historical Barns, Magnificent River and Bay Views! An Easy/Newbie Friendly 4 Mile Hike
This hike is only about a 60-minutes drive - but has sites that are vastly different from anything else within this radius. We invite you to come on out and experience something new and different. Additionally, this is a great trek to bring non-hiking friends to introduce them to the great outdoors that we know and love.
Okay, all of you city slickers and townies, get your rears in gear and join Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group to enjoy the farmland and forest of Greenwell State Park where you truly feel, and probably are, in the middle of nowhere and almost 100% in the shade!
This unique state park has nearly 600 acres of parkland with 10 miles of fantastic hiking trails and two miles of waterfront along the Patuxent River with an accessible 50 ft. pier, kayak/canoe launch sites, beach and picnic areas.
Our hike plan takes us through fields, meadows, and woods, and offers dramatic views of the river, with visits to two historic barns (great pic opportunities!) The Patuxent River is the star of this hike. Here the river is wide, and the views it offers are downright dramatic. We invite you to stay after the hike for a post-hike swim (seasonal) in the river (sandy beach included) after a walk along the western shore of Maryland’s Patuxent River. Full of a variety of views, this is a nice easy hike for all to enjoy.
Our route visits three unique "coves" all within one park and within 4 miles: one "cove" has a sandy beach which is where we will stop for a swim after the hike. Greenwell’s trails take you through a variety of settings typical of traditional rural St. Mary’s County. In a nod to local recreational preferences, the land is managed primarily for game wildlife and hunting. The second "cove" visits open fields separated by hedgerows and stream valley woodlands predominate. These open fields offer hikers a welcome change of view, a real chance to see many birds you miss on most forest hikes. Along the third "cove" of our hike a delightful surprise awaits -- two historic barns, complete with antique farming equipment, left alone for hikers and others to discover -- a museum of sorts-- complete with information plaques explaining what their functions and purposes were. There is also an abundance of wildlife to be seen on this hike in addition to spotting lots of interesting sea life from the pier.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Leonardtown
Length: Almost 4 total miles
Natural Features: Diverse habitats including deciduous forest, pine forests, open fields, wetlands, Patuxent River and Cuckold Creek offer abundant wildlife viewing opportunities.
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contacts: Greenwell State Park
Local Maps: USGS Bristol; Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Topo Map: Greenwell State Park Topographic Map
Park Entry Fee
The park has an honor system, with a charge of $3/vehicle benefiting the Greenwell Foundation to help operate the park.
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We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.
Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.
(Metro) VA East Area Carpool Suggestion - Vienna/Fairfax Area METRO Station
To carpool or caravan from Vienna/Fairfax area, people can arrange to meet at the Fairfax Area METRO Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:30 a.m.
Carpool Time from Fairfax Area METRO — 8:45 a.m.
Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and donations ARE tax deductible. Tax ID: [masked].
A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there
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