I had the chance to get out of the house for a quick trip to the woods last week, but didn’t have a lot of time. So I hit one of my favorite short walks – the White Trail at Greenwell State Park, Hollywood, MD.
The White Trail starts from the hunter’s access lot, adjacent to the model airplane flying field on Steerhorn Neck Road. While most of the trails at Greenwell follow the perimeter of old or current agricultural fields, the White crosses Steerhorn Neck Road and forms a short lollipop through the forest down to Cuckold Creek. Within a very short distance, you experience hardwood forest, fringe areas along the farm fields, and wetland areas along the creek, and can enjoy many different wildlife habitats.
Mostly flat, this is a great little walk for even young children as well. For a better sense of the actual environment, check out the details and my YouTube video below:
Greenwell State Park – White Trail
Trailhead: Hunter’s parking lot at 38.36460, -76.53398
Distance: 1.75 miles (loop)
Elevation: About 110 feet, from plateau to Cuckold Creek, and then in and out of one small tributary valley
Full GPS data and relevant waypoints can be found by clicking here – GPS Data
Greenwell State Park is a land-grant park along the Patuxent River on Steerhorn Neck Road, in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Centered on a farm, the park is comprised of many cultivated fields bisected by creek valleys and woods. The park has a beach on the Patuxent, as well as paddling access to the river, many hiking trails, and offers many youth programs and summer camps, including horseback programs. Park users are charged $3 per vehicle as a day-use fee. For more information, visit the Greenwell Foundation.