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Five State Parks Await Outdoor Enthusiasts
Five State Parks Await Outdoor Enthusiasts
Greenbrier State Park
Circling a 43-acre lake that provides swimming, fishing and boating. This popular park also offers picnicking, camping, interpretive programs, nature trails and concessions. The park is conveniently located eight miles east of Hagerstown off of U.S. 40. For information call 301-791-4767.
Gathland State Park
This park is an excellent choice for the nature lover offering picturesque hiking trails and many picnicking sites. Visitors can view a century-old stone monument dedicated to war correspondents. Gathland is located one mile east of MD 67 on Gapland Road south of Boonsboro. For information call 301-791-4767.
South Mountain State Park
This state park runs along the ridge of South Mountain from Pen-Mar to Weaverton, linking many of the local parks and the Appalachian Trail. Camping is limited to shelters along the trail. For information call 301-791-4767.
Washington Monument State Park
This park is home to the first monument built in honor of George Washington in addition to offering camping for youth groups, picnicking, and shelters. Located four miles east of Boonsboro, the park also has access to the Appalachian Trail. For information call 301-791-4767.
Fort Frederick State Park
The focal point of this state park is the restored 1756 fort used during the French and Indian War, providing visitors with a historical perspective of that time period. The nearby C & O Canal runs through the park complementing such activities as hiking, biking, camping, boating and picnicking. Other services include interpretive programs and concessions. For information call 301-842-2155.
Other Area Parks
Hagerstown City Park
301-739-8577, ext. 169
Often called ``America's second most beautiful municipal natural park," the park's centerpiece is a 50-acre lake, home for more than 250 waterfowl. Home of the Jonathan Hager House, Mansion House Art Center and Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Fitness trails. Call for information on other city parks and playgrounds.
Woodland Way County Park
Park site with picnic tables and ballfields.
Hager Park Frederick St.
at Memorial Blvd. Families can enjoy a few hours or an afternoon with the park's playground, picnic areas, ballfield, paved path, and open-fields. The park has restrooms and a water fountain.
Camp Harding County Park
Named after President Warren G. Harding who, along with notables such as Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, camped here in the 1920s.
C & O Canal National Park
42% or 77+ miles of this 184-mile park along the Potomac River, extending from Georgetown in Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD, are in Washington County. Many historic locks and aqueducts remain. The Williamsport boat basin is rewatered.
Clear Spring County Park/Recreation Area
Located at the former Clear Spring High School site, this park offers softball, baseball, football/soccer field, tennis courts, a picnic pavilion, restrooms, parking and a play area.
Devil's Backbone County Park
Scenic park along the Antietam Creek, featuring a waterfall. Park also contains picnic pavilion and walking trails.
Doub's Woods County Park
Heavily wooded park with performing arts pavilion, picnic areas, picnic pavilion, swings, and outdoor chapel.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
A beautiful park that occupies three states. Site of John Brown's Raid. Town portion offers interpretive programs and private shops. Open year round. Admission.
Martin Snook Memorial Park
Named after the late Wash. Co. Commissioner. Site of Halfway Park Days in May. Contains Par Fitness Trail, tennis courts, playing fields and lighted ballfields. Swimming pool open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 12:30-8 p.m. daily. Admission to pool.
Mt. Briar Wetland Preserve
Located on Millbrook Road off Rt. 67, this extraordinary environmental site is one of the most unique, non-tidal wetland areas in Maryland. Floating boardwalk allows for walking through the park.
Pen Mar County Park
240-313-2700 Buildings & Grounds
240-313-2805 Recreation Department
This redeveloped 42-acre park provides a panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley. An amusement park in the early 1900s, it includes pavilion sites for dances, concerts and other entertainment on Sundays throughout the summer, including Everybody's Day in August. For information about the Pen Mar Concert Series Schedule see the Calendar of Events at www.marylandmemories.org/calendar/
This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com
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