Greenbrier State Park

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Greenbrier State Park
Sunset over Greenbrier Lake
Map showing the location of Greenbrier State Park
Map showing the location of Greenbrier State Park
Location in Maryland
LocationFrederick, Washington, Maryland, United States
Coordinates39°32′10″N 77°37′25″W / 39.53611°N 77.62361°W / 39.53611; -77.62361Coordinates: 39°32′10″N 77°37′25″W / 39.53611°N 77.62361°W / 39.53611; -77.62361[2]
Area1,407 acres (5.69 km2)[3]
Elevation1,027 ft (313 m)[2]
OperatorMaryland Department of Natural Resources
WebsiteGreenbrier State Park

Greenbrier State Park is a public recreation area located on South Mountain near Boonsboro in Washington County, Maryland, USA. The state park has camping, hiking trails, and a 42-acre (17 ha) man-made lake. It is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.[4]


Greenbrier and Janes Island State Park were created in 1963.[5] Between 1964 and 1978, the Maryland General Assembly authorized funding of over $2 million for land acquisition and development of Greenbrier's camping and picnic areas, beach, day-use facilities, parking areas, interpretive center, roads, and trails.[6]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park offers camping, fishing, boat launch and rentals, swimming, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking and hunting. The park's visitor center is open year-round, its nature center seasonally.[4]


Greenbrier State Park contains ten 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 .4 miles (0.64 km) to 4.5 miles (7.2 km). 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.[7]


Greenbrier Lake is a 42-acre, man-made lake with 1,000-foot (300 m) beach and swimming area that gradually reaches a depth of six feet. Fishing for trout, bass, or bluegill is permitted on the lake, with a state-issued license required for those 16 or older.[7]

In the news[edit]

In 1995, two rare albino deer were spotted in the park.[8] In 2008, the park received a federal grant for $130,000 to build concrete culverts to allow box turtles to safely cross Keadle Road within the park. The pilot program was the first of its kind in the United States.[9]


  1. ^ "Greenbrier State Park". Protected Planet. IUCN. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Greenbrier State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Fiscal Year 2016 DNR Owned Lands Acreage" (PDF). Maryland Department of Natural Resources. July 29, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Greenbrier State Park". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  5. ^ "Maryland State Park History". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  6. ^ Historical Summary of Capital Improvements Authorized by General Assembly 1964 through 1978 (Report). State of Maryland Department of State Planning. 1978. p. 43-44. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "South Mountain Recreation Area Adventure Guide". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 2012. pp. 4–7. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  8. ^ Tasker, Greg (January 8, 1995). "Two albino fawns spotted at Greenbrier State Park". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  9. ^ Gardner, Karen (July 17, 2008). "$130,000 awarded for turtle crossing". Frederick News-Post. Frederick, Md. Retrieved July 13, 2012.

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