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Greenbrier State Park, Boonsboro
(3.9/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
Greenbrier State Park is a Maryland state park on South Mountain in Washington County. The park is operated and maintained by the Maryland Park Service under the authority of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.Activities and amenitiesThe park has a visitor center which is open year-round, and a nature center which is open during the summer.Park activities include camping, fishing, boat launch and rentals, swimming, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking and hunting.TrailsGreenbrier State Park contains 10 maintained trails: Bartman Hill Trail, Big Red Trail, Camp Loop Trail, Copperhead Trail, Green Trail, Marked Mile, Rock Oak Fire Trail, Snelling Fire Trail, Water Tank Trail, and Yellow Trail. Trail difficulties range from easy to strenuous, and lengths range from.4mi to 4.5mi. All trails are open to hikers, and most are open to mountain bikes.In addition, the Appalachian Trail crosses a corner of the park and can be accessed from the Bartman Hill Trail.Greenbrier LakeFully contained within the park is Greenbrier Lake, a 42-acre man-made freshwater lake. The lake has a 1,000 foot beach, with a swim area that gradually reaches a depth of 6 feet.Fishing for trout, bass, or bluegill is permitted on the lake, with a state-issued license required for those 16 or older.WildlifeAnimals that live in Greenbrier State Park include deer, foxes, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, black bears, frogs, snakes, turtles, fish, and birds.
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  • The park rangers and security were very aggressive. A young couple near us were visited by SIX ranger, during the afternoon, who proceeded to inspect every inch of their campsite, going through their ...  more »
  • Stayed overnight with a friend in their camper. Campground was crowded but quiet and we had nice wether. Pets were allowed in this particular site I understand they have sites where no pets are allowe...  more »
  • We camped in the Cedar Loop with another family next to the bathrooms. Both sites were immaculate and level. Close to bathroom and far enough that it was not a distraction and other campers did not cr...  more »
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  • Greenbrier State Park is AMAZING all year around for the whole family !!! The beach/Lake area is fantastic during the summer and the mountains provide great hiking trails for all levels of experience. Big red is a serious trail for seasoned hikers but there are easy trails that just loop around the lake that don't require much effort to hike. There's no trash cans so be prepare to clean up after yourself (maybe bring a bag for your trash). During the summer, the park reaches capacity by 11am most weekends so get there earlier or go during the week.
  • We just spent this past weekend at this park. I was so impressed and our weekend was amazing. The park is clean, the bathrooms are clean, the showers were clean with hot water, the campsites are clean and spacious. The camp hosts were gracious, helpful and friendly. We went the weekend after labor day so there were not too many campers there, it was peaceful with plenty to do including hiking and the lake. We were a little disappointed that we could not rent a boat, but as I said it was the weekend after labor day. We found this campsite to be more than we expected and plan to return next year with our families.
  • Never been in the summer. Went the first week in November. Park was clean. Walk around the lake was easy enough for a two year old to make it. For birdwatchers- saw a belted kingfisher, pileated woodpecker, tufted titmouse, to name a few.
  • We tent camped here for the weekend. It was not busy since it was rainy, but it was a typical MD state park with above average activity from the hosts and cleaning crew. It is pretty hilly, so the little kids were not as into riding their bikes here. Easy access to the AT and close to Annapolis rocks which is a great hike. We did not try go to the lake but it looked nice.
  • I went camping at Greenbrier State Park in July or August 2015 and had no problems. We were a group of 8 and we had a blast. This year, there was a group of 13 of us and we were so excited to stay for the weekend (Friday night through Sunday morning). On Friday, our group was loud so some park rangers came to our camp sites to tell us to keep it down. Perfectly reasonable. But from then on, it's like we were under surveillance throughout the entire weekend. Park rangers shined lights into our tents when some of us were trying to sleep...we got a verbal warning for having ONE car tire on the grass (come on!) and for having a portion of our tent on the grass. Too many rules. The park is fine for families, but I would not recommend a group of friends going for the weekend. There's a no alcohol policy and quiet hours are at 10 p.m. I would say midnight is reasonable for the WEEKENDS, but not 10 p.m.! Nobody makes s'mores in silence. Never going back.