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. As with most of Maryland's State Parks, a park map is available at the park office.
Located in the Appalachian Mountains, this state park offers many recreational opportunities. The man-made freshwater lake offers swimming, sunbathing, boating and fishing opportunities. There are also hiking trails which meander through a variety of wildlife habitats and afford a view of the area's geological history. Picnic tables and grills and playgrounds are available in the day-use area.
A portion of the Appalachian Trail enters the eastern edge of the park on Bartman's Hill. Click here to read information about the Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail.
Pets are allowed in Greenbrier State Park in the following areas:
- Pets are allowed in the day-use area and lake (except for sandy portion of the swimming beach area) from October 1 to April 30. Pets are not permitted in the day-use area and lake from May 1 to September 30.
- Pets are allowed in the Cedar and Dogwood camp loops
- Pets are allowed on trails outside day-use area (access from outlying parking areas)
Camping, boat launch, boat rental, camp store, flat water canoeing, hiking trails, picnic area, playground, swimming May-September (lifeguards Memorial Day to Labor Day), mountain biking and hunting. All persons 15 years old or younger are required to wear helmets while cycling in Maryland.
Swimming - Lifeguards are on duty at the swimming area of the lake from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Fishing - The 42-acre freshwater lake is stocked with trout, largemouth bass and bluegill. A Maryland Angler's License is required for all fishermen 16 years of age or older. All Maryland fishing laws apply.
Things to see - Visitors interested in nature will find Greenbrier State Park well-suited to their pursuits. A wide variety of birds, animals, fish, turtles, frogs and snakes can be found in the park. In addition visitors can enjoy many different species of wildflowers and trees. A visitor center is open year-round and a nature center near the lake is open during the summer.
Geology - Greenbrier State Park is located in the Appalachians, one of the earth's oldest mountain ranges. Rock outcrops found at Greenbrier show much of the earth's geologic history.
Camping - There are 165 campsites offering conveniently located bathhouses with hot showers. Each campsite is equipped with a table, fire ring and parking area. Fires must be kept inside the fire rings. Dump station available. Forty sites have electric hookups. Reservations may be made by calling 1-888-432-CAMP (2267). Seniors Citizens with a valid Golden Age Pass receive a half price discount on camping when staying Sunday through Thursday. Click here for camping season beginning and ending dates, and camping and shelter service charges.
Bus Reservations - Buses are welcomed at Greenbrier and reservations are required. There is a $15 non-refundable reservation charge, plus a day use entry service fee. No buses are permitted on summer weekends and holidays. To make bus reservations, call 1-888-432-CAMP (2267). For more information, call the park directly at (301) 791-4767.
Gazebo Reservations - Greenbrier has four lakefront gazebos available for rent. Gazebos (32 capacity) are $100 for a full day and $55 for a half day plus the day use entry fee. For additional information and to make a gazebo reservation, call the park at 301-791-4767.
Youth Group Camping - Youth group camping is available at Greenbrier and Washington Monument State Parks. There is a $15 reservation service fee in addition to a $3 per camper service fee. Youth group camping pass applications can be downloaded at: http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/youthgroup.asp. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-888-432-CAMP (2267). Call the park directly for additional information at (301) 791-4767.
- The park is open 8:00 a.m. - sunset.
- Day Use Service Charges: Memorial Day-Labor Day - weekdays $3 per person, weekends/holidays $5 per person; Labor Day-Memorial Day $3 per vehicle; May and September weekends $3 per person. Out-of-state residents add $2 to all day use service charges.
- Senior citizens with a Golden Age Pass and visitors with a DNR Universal Disability Pass are admitted free. Children in car seats are admitted free.
- Greenbrier often fills to capacity on summer weekends and holidays. If the park fills, all additional visitors will be turned away (no exceptions). To ensure entry, all party members are encouraged to arrive at the park early.
Greenbrier State Park offers an accessible visitors' center, picnic areas, and campsites. A beach wheelchair is also available. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.
From the East: Take I-70 west to exit 42. Bear right onto Rt. 17 north (follow signs). Go into the center of Myersville and Rt. 17 will turn right. Follow Rt. 17 to the flashing lights at the intersection of Rt. 40. Turn left onto Rt. 40 west. Follow for three miles and the park is on the left.
From the West: Take I-70 east to exit 35. Bear right onto Rt. 66 (follow signs). Go straight to the stoplight at the intersection of Rt. 40. Turn left onto Rt. 40 east. Follow for two miles and the park is on the right.
Greenbrier State Park
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713-9535
Hours of Operation
8 a.m. to Sunset
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours. Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.
Contact the Park Service
- Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
- Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
- Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
- Email Us