Greenbrier State Park

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Coordinates: 39°32′10″N 77°37′25″W / 39.53611°N 77.62361°W / 39.53611; -77.62361
Greenbrier State Park
Maryland State Park
Greenbrier-state-park.jpg
Sunset over Greenbrier Lake
Country United States
State Maryland
Counties Frederick, Washington
Elevation 1,043 ft (318 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°32′10″N 77°37′25″W / 39.53611°N 77.62361°W / 39.53611; -77.62361 [1]
Area 1,388 acres (562 ha) [2]
Established Unspecified
Management Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Location in Maryland
Website: Greenbrier State 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 amenities[edit]

The park has a visitor center which is open year-round, and a nature center which is open during the summer.[3]

Park activities include camping, fishing, boat launch and rentals, swimming, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking and hunting.[3]

Trails[edit]

Greenbrier 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 .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.[4]

In addition, the Appalachian Trail crosses a corner of the park and can be accessed from the Bartman Hill Trail.

Greenbrier Lake[edit]

Fully contained within the park is Greenbrier Lake, a 42-acre man-made freshwater lake.[3] The lake has a 1,000 foot beach, with a swim area that gradually reaches a depth of 6 feet.[5]

Fishing for trout, bass, or bluegill is permitted on the lake, with a state-issued license required for those 16 or older.[5]

Wildlife[edit]

Animals that live in Greenbrier State Park include deer, foxes, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, black bears, frogs, snakes, turtles, fish, and birds.[3][5]

In 1995, two rare albino deer were spotted in the park.[6]

In 2008, the park received a federal grant for $130,000 to build concrete culverts that would allow box turtles to safely cross Keadle Road within the park. The pilot program is the first of its kind in the country.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Greenbrier State Park
  2. ^ "FY2013 DNR Owned Lands Acreage Report". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Greenbrier State Park. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
  4. ^ Maryland Department of Natural Resources (2012). South Mountain Recreation Area Adventure Guide, p. 7.
  5. ^ a b c Maryland Department of Natural Resources (2012). South Mountain Recreation Area Adventure Guide, p. 4.
  6. ^ Tasker, Greg (1995-01-08). "Two albino fawns spotted at Greenbrier State Park". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
  7. ^ Gardner, Karen (2008-07-17). "$130,000 awarded for turtle crossing". The Frederick News-Post. Retrieved 2012-07-13.

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