Greenbrier State Park, Boonsboro
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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.See Greenbrier State Park and all Boonsboro has to offer by arranging your trip with our Boonsboro trip itinerary builder.
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I go there a lot to swim and hike.. I see lots of people having cook outs but don't take there trash with them.. i see this all through the week.. very noisy with there music as well .. the goodwill h... read more »
We live close to Greenbriar State Park and have been going there in the summer for 30 years. It has a roped off sandy beach and lifeguards in the summer months (not always, though). There is also a gr... read more »
Unless you get there super early. Ypu will not find a spot any where. The park is insanely crowded. Between the sound of carnival music blasting out of speakers from group to group. And the sounds of ... read more »
Clean especially on weekdays. Family oriented and it offers shade thanks to the number of trees surrounding the spacious beach area. It also offers one gazebo structure for family parties, if reserved ahead of time. Food (sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, chips, and drinks) are offered for your convenience as well.
Great park with a lake and pretty good sand. The place fills to capacity very early on weekends in the summer (one hour after opening at 10!). They close the gates until room opens up... The best part of this park is the full size oaks that shade the large grassy hill right next to the beach. There is a nice little nature center for kids to play in if they need a break. The snack bar had very friendly staff, but sad offerings and surroundings. Could use an upgrade. Every 50 minutes an PA system blares telling people to get out of the water for a safety break. I get it since there are a lot of kids on the water, but it takes a bit away from the beautiful setting and makes you feel like you're at summer camp. At just over a little over an hour from DC, this park is convenient and nice --if you can get in!
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.
Richard J Hayes
I have been coming here since I was 13 years old when they were building this and before the lake was filled. It has come so far it is so beautiful. Sometimes the weekend can be hectic but during the week it is wonderful peaceful quiet. The lake is very nice very clean very cool Springfed and is perfect for my children when they were young and now my grandchildren. The staff is great. The Rangers are great, DNR Pier and the camp hosts are so helpful.
Greenbrier is such a great place to let your kids play during the summer! Weekdays are perfect. You can set up your umbrella and park it for hours while the kids burn off energy in a shallow safe water land! So beautiful for mom too!
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