Where to Go in...Boonsboro
Where to Go in...
Boonsborough Museum of History- Respected as one the finest private museums in the region, the Boonsborough Museum houses an extensive Civil War collection that includes items from the Antietam and Gettysburg Campaigns, as well as historical items pertaining to Boonsboro's history. Located at 113 North Main Street, this beautiful collection is owned and maintained by Doug Bast, local historian. Open May through September, Sundays 1pm to 5pm, or by appointment.
Washington Monument State Park- On the summit of South Mountain, a spur of the Blue Ridge chain, stands the rugged stone tower known as The Washington Monument, the first monument dedicated to the memory of George Washington. Rising majestically to a height of 34 feet, the tower was built by the citizens of the village of Boonsboro in 1827. It has been said, "As monuments go, none was ever built with purer or more reverent patriotism." Washington Monument State Park is located in Washington County, 4 miles east of Boonsboro, off Alternate Route 40. The Appalachian Trail winds through this park and passes the base of the monument. Washington Monument State Park offers an accessible picnic area, playground and museum.
Greenbrier State Park- Greenbrier is a multi-use park providing many kinds of recreation. The Appalachian Trail passes through the park. The 42-acre man-made lake and beach draw many visitors who enjoy swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing and hunting. Located on US40, this state park offers many recreational opportunities. Picnic tables, grills, playgrounds and four lakefront rental gazebos are available in the day use area. The Park offers campsites conveniently located near bathhouses with hot showers. Reservations may be made by calling 1-888-432-2267. Park opens daily, 8am to sunset.
South Mountain State Park- Located on the Ridge of South Mountain, the South Mountain State Park extends the length of the mountain from Pen-Mar to Weverton. There are only a few campsites located in the shelters that line the trails. However, by following this trail, you will come upon the Appalachian Trail, which provides a myriad of hiking and camping possibilities. Hike along 40 miles of the 2,050-mile long Appalachian Trail and reflect on the Civil War Battle of South Mountain fought here in September 1862.
War Correspondents Arch- Gathland State Park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. It is the site of a unique collection of buildings and structures that he designed and constructed, some of which have been restored. A large, stone monument dedicated to war correspondents is an outstanding attraction. The Appalachian Trail traverses the park and passes the monument base. Maryland has 41 miles of the interstate hiking trail. This park only lies one mile east of Maryland 67, just south of Boonsboro on Gapland Road. There are various trails that are suitable for hiking, all leading to beautiful picnic grounds. There are ongoing Civil War re-enactments throughout the summer. The annual "Living History" weekend annually occurs the first weekend after Labor Day and portrays various aspects of the soldiers' life including infantry, cavalry, and artillery demonstrations.
Antietam National Battlefield- One of America's best-preserved battlefields, Antietam was the site of the bloodiest one-day battle in United State's history. On September 17, 1862, more than 23,000 men were killed, wounded, captured or missing in General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North. The eight and one-half mile driving tour highlights historic Dunker Church, Bloody Lane, Burnside Bridge, more than 350 monuments, tablets and markers, and 41 cannons. Also located on the grounds is the National Cemetery, the final resting place for 4776 Union soldiers (1,836 unknown) who lost their lives at South Mountain, Antietam, Monocacy and other battles in the area.
Crystal Grottoes Caverns- The Caverns features many pure white-colored stalactites and stalagmites; natural sculptures and other formations can be seen from illuminated walkways, including 'Old Father Time,' and 'The King on His Throne'. Guided tours explain the history, formations, and geological aspects of the caverns. Located at 19821 Shepherdstown Pike in Boonsboro. Open daily 9am to 6pm April through October, and weekends 11am to 4pm November through March.
Mason Dixon Dragway- Mason Dixon Dragway is a quarter mile N.H.R.A. Drag strip located at 21003 National Pike (US40), in Boonsboro. The racing season runs from March through November with Championship Drag Racing. Track Elevation 550 feet above sea level. There are many events scheduled throughout the year.
Family Recreation Park- Family Rec specializes in Family Fun! Love to ride Go-Carts? Family Rec offers Slick Track, Figure 8 Track, and Junior Go Carts. You will find two Miniature Golf Courses featuring beautiful gardens, challenging greens, waterfalls and a pond. Batting Cages, Water Wars, and Paint Ball are also available. Located at 21036 National Pike (US40) in Boonsboro. Family Rec offers an on-site snack bar and party/picnic facilities. Open April through October. Group reservations and rates are available. Call 301-733-2333 for information.
Beaver Creek Country Club and Golf Course- The golf course, constructed in 1959 in a traditional layout, has beautiful hills and slopes nestled amongst white pines and tall oaks, providing a challenge for golfers of all levels of skill. Beaver Creek offers a complete line of golfing equipment in their Pro Shop, onsite advice and lessons from their full time golf professionals, and an open driving range. While they are widely know for their course, Beaver Creek is also a great place to gather with family and friends, offering both lunch and evening dining in their Vista Restaurant, a full bar in the relaxing 19th Hole, and banquet and meeting facilities for groups of all sizes. Located at 9535 Mapleville Road, just outside of Boonsboro. Call 301-733-5138 for times and rates.