Beyond MoCo: Beach Day at Greenbrier State Park

by Francesca Luca

Did you know that in less than an hour from most parts of MoCo you can access a freshwater lake and a sandy beach? Greenbrier State Park, located at 21843 National Pike Boonsboro, MD, allows for a variety of activities without having to make the commitment of an overnight stay.

Particularly great for littles, the first set of ropes in the water still allow for most 3-4 year olds to stand with their heads above water while enjoying the cool water and looking for fish.  Before heading out you can rinse off in your choice of indoor or outdoor showers. 

Helpful tips:

  • The park will close at capacity so it’s best to arrive early (opens at 8 am) and even better if you can go during the week.
  • Tents are not allowed on the sand in order to allow visibility for the lifeguards. Note: they are not on duty in their chairs on the beach at the moment, they scan from further back.
  • MD residents are $3 per person, children not included.


Located in the Appalachian Mountains, Greenbrier State Park is a multi-use park providing many kinds of recreation. The 42-acre man-made freshwater lake and white sandy beach draw many visitors who enjoy swimming, canoeing, boating and fishing. A visitor center is open year-round and features information on the South Mountain Recreation Area and a small gift shop.

Almost eleven miles of hiking trails meander through a variety of wildlife habitats. Rock outcrops show much of the earth’s geologic history. A portion of the Appalachian Trail enters the eastern edge of the park on Bartman’s Hill Trail. Greenbrier State Park offers 164 campsites in a forest setting with fresh water and bathhouses in each camp loop. Suited for a variety of campers, the park offers two pet-friendly camping loops, one electric camping loop and tent and RV sites.

Greenbrier State Park offers an accessible visitor center, picnic areas and some campsites. A beach wheelchair is also available. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section.


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