Greenbrier state park offers a variety of activities and forms of recreation near the Appalachian Trail. There is a 42 acre man-made lake and beach area which allows canoeing, swimming, picnicking, fishing, hunting, and hiking. The park is located in the Appalachian Mountains, and hiking trails encompass portions of the famous Appalachian Trail. You can view a variety of wildlife while traveling through the many areas of the park.
The park features land for camping, a boat rental station and boat launch, a camp store that offers visitors the basics for their trip, and picnic areas for those interested in relaxing and enjoying a cookout or packed lunch. Fishing is available at the freshwater lake which is stocked with bluegill, largemouth bass, and trout. A Maryland Angler's License is required for those wanting to fish who are over 15 years of age.
Vistors to the park will enjoy the wildlife that is abundant in the area. There are animals, birds, fish, frogs, turtles, and snakes. Keep in mind there are occasionally black bear spotted in the area so make sure you are familiar with survival techniues if you are planning to camp or hike deep into the woods. The forest is also filled with a variety of greenery and wildflowers.
Those with a desire to camp in the park can choose from 165 campsites that feature group bathhouses with showers. Each campsite has a fire ring, table, and parking area. Forty of the sites offer electrical hookup. The park is located in one of the earth's oldest mountain ranges and rock outcrops found at Greenbrier show much of the earth's geologic history. Hikes through the park can be an opportunity to educate children about the history of the area, and allow them hands on enjoyment of their natural surroundings.
The park, like many Maryland state parks, has an admission fee of $3 per person on weekdays, and $5 per person for weekends and holidays. Some holiday weekends allow visitors in by the car load for one low price. Senior citizens and disabled persons with a pass, as well as children in car seats can enter the park for free. There are no pets allowed in the park. There is a Greenbrier State Park guide available for visitors featuring trail guides, and a topographical map of biking and hiking trails. These are available for sale at the park headquarters.
A park pavilion is available for rental. The pavilion lies next to the lake and is a beautiful environment for parties, weddings, and other special occasions. Imagine celebrating your event in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains. The location is especially nice during the fall foliage and warm late spring months of May and June. The pavilion location offers the use of two outdoor grills for cooking, so you can cater your event yourself in the most traditional way. From hiking to camping, fishing to canoeing, and a variety of other activities, enjoy the recreation of Greenbrier State Park in Maryland.