Hopefully, you read the state parks blog post last week, and at least started to feel a little bit of motivation to get out and explore the great outdoors. The three parks that I’m going to mention today are in Frederick and Washington Counties. I have personally been to all three of these state parks and would highly recommend them to anyone.
Green Brier State Park
Green Brier State Park can be found on South Mountain, near Boonsboro Maryland, in Washington County. This park boasts a 42-acre man-made lake with white sandy beaches, for those who enjoy canoeing, swimming, and fishing.
The park is in the Appalachian Mountains and part of the Appalachian Trail enters the eastern edge of the park on Bartman’s Hill and passes right through the park.
The visitor center at the park is open all year round. Camping and Hiking are one of the most popular features at the park. The hiking trails are varied and pass through a lot of different habitats, with a variety of wildlife.
Cunningham Fall State Park
Cunningham Falls State Park is in Thurmont, Maryland. This park is home to the largest cascading waterfall in the state of Maryland (Cunningham Falls).
Cunningham Falls State Park is divided up into two areas. The William Houch Area, which is three miles west of Thurmont, on route 77. Here you will find, the lake area, falls and camping.
The Manor Area of the park is off of route 15, 3 miles south of Thurmont. The remains of the historic iron furnace as well as the Scales and Tails Aviary. The Manor area offers opportunities for swimming, hiking, fishing, and canoeing. They even have cabins available April through October.
Gambrill State Park
Gambrill State Park is in Frederick, Maryland. The park sits on the ridge of the Catoctin Mountains in Frederick County. Horseback riding, mountain biking, and trail riding are favorites here as the park offers 16 miles of trails. Also divided into two areas.
Rock Run has a cozy, family-style campground, picnic area, and small fishing pond.
The High Knob area has three stones that are at 1600 feet and overlook Frederick, Middleton Valley and the northern reaches of the Shenandoah. Here you will find picnic shelters and a tea area by reservation.
Spend a weekend or two in Frederick or Thurmont, and you will be conveniently located to explore these great parks. Outdoor adventure awaits you!
Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints!