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Greenbrier State Park, Boonsboro

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#27 of 43 in Nature in Maryland
State Park Nature / Park
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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  • My teens loved it! Clean playground and swim lake however bathroom are so filthy. I see them cleaning grass but no the bathrooms. I would have rated it better had I been able to actually use them.  more »
  • We camped here with our family of 4 over the 4 July weekend. The campground was full, but it is still a great spot a short drive away. All of the sites are a good size. We loved our site and location ...  more »
  • Hiked several trails, enjoyed watching birds. Blue birds, Tufted Tit-mouse, nuthatches, chipping sparrows,and several others at camp site. Also saw and heard a hawk while hiking green trail. Relaxing.  more »
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  • After paying $22 plus a $6.25 "transaction fee" to camp on a Tuesday night we were kept awake until nearly midnight by a group of girls screaming at the top of their lungs in intervals of half an hour. No park ranger came to do anything. When they finally calmed down, we went to sleep only to be woken up at 7 AM by Greenbrier maintenance mowing the lawn next to our campsite! We asked why on earth they would think it appropriate or considerate to their paying customers to wake us up that early with that amount of noise and we just got a shrug and "quiet hours end at 7 am" and more excuses by the maintenance manager. I am livid. Greenbrier doesn't care about their customers, they only care about not disturbing new people coming in, not campers who've already paid to camp in peace and quiet. We packed up at 8 am and left and we are never coming back. It was the worst experience we've had thus far at any campsite and we have been all over the country. Future campers beware: they apparently mow the grass weekly at 7 AM on Wednesday mornings but refused to post this information online when we suggested for maintenance to do so. Ear plugs won't help.
  • I have been coming here since I was a baby. Nice clean park. You can hike, fish, paddle boat etc. The water is great for swimming. You have to get there as soon as they open at 7:30am if you want to get in.
  • So far Greenbriers camping sites are the best ive been to yet. I do think they should create another road lane when entering the park so the campers can enter without having to wait in line for the beach goers to pay, we should be able to get back to our campsite without the wait since campers already paid. Each site has the perfect amount of space between them so u have privacy and feel comfortable. There are lots of things to do like go to the beach area they have, go fishing, go hiking on there trails, camping, amphitheater, and take canoes out on lake or the peddle boats.
  • The lake looks clean, it's clear enough to see your feet at the deepest point in the designated swimming area. I come here almost every week to swim, play in the sand, rent a boat fish, hike, bbq, and relax. This place has everything u expect to have a fun day at the lake
  • Great trip. Now when entering early morning only one lane not two like before. That other people would endup in before the ones who were their before them. First time I see decent shower curtains.

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