Self-Guided Opportunities
Horseback Riding Trails
Location Greenwell State Park
Steer Horn Neck Road
Hollywood, MD 20636
St. Mary's County

From Route 235 turn east on Route 245 and south onto Steer Horn Neck Road. Park is on the left.
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 horses cross Steer Horn Neck Road.
Distance Gray Access Trail - .45 mile
Red Trail - .73 mile after leaving Blue Trail
Blue Trail - 1.75 miles
White Trail - 1.25 miles
Yellow Trail - 1.1 miles after leaving Gray Access
Time Varies with routes selected and users riding ability.
Trail Conditions Wooded paths, field edges, service roads and park roads.
Skill Level Easy to moderate
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. The Red Trail is for foot traffic only. White Trail crosses a public hardtop roadway. Bikers 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. The park does not have a managed hunting program. Horses are not permitted on the River Trail.
Potable Water None
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, the mansion at Greenwell State Park, and the 1717 Sotterley Plantation are nearby.
Rentals None
Camping For information on private campgrounds in Maryland, please contact the Maryland Association of Campgrounds at 301-271-7012, via e-mail at, or on-line at: Point Lookout State Park offers camping and is 40 minutes south by vehicle.
Other Points of Interest The park has a mission to be all-accessible to all physically challenged visitors. The Greenwell Foundation, Inc. sponsors a riding program for people with disabilities. This program offers a therapeutic riding experience based on the principles of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. For more information call them at 301-373-9775.
Other Accommodations Several hotels/motels are available. Contact St. Mary's County Division of Tourism for further information at 1-800-327-9023.
Fees or Permits $3 donations are accepted by the Greenwell Foundation via a donation box.
Description From the Gray Access Trail, turn 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 Access 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, songbirds, and white tailed deer.

If you stay on the Gray Access 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, miles, ground hogs 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.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Provide your own horse
  • Riding helmet recommended
  • Water and a snack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Watch for bikers and hikers using the trails