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I had been by here many times, but this was the first time I had been here when... read more

Reviewed June 29, 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Nice, smaller State Park.

Interesting little park that details the history of Civil War journalist George "Gath" Townsend... read more

Reviewed February 20, 2018
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Reviewed June 29, 2018

I had been by here many times, but this was the first time I had been here when the house was opened. This park has much history with the Civil War battle and the Appalachian Trail along with the famous 'Blair Witch'. The good news...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JohnBCowgill
Reviewed February 20, 2018

Interesting little park that details the history of Civil War journalist George "Gath" Townsend. Nice museum and grounds, the highlight of which is the War Correspondent's Arch. A little off the beaten path, but worth a visit. If you visit in warm weather, bring your...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed January 10, 2018 via mobile

We live about a mile from the State Park, which is along a paved road that transects the Appalachian Trail. The War Correspondents Memorial from the Cicil War is at the Park, along with other Structures from and after that era. If you are looking...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank E5540LBmichaelh
Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed hiking a small section of the AP from this park. The small museum was interesting and a bittersweet reminder of the human condition. It was misty/rainy but still a good walk in the woods.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank David M
Reviewed June 8, 2017

As with Washington Monument State Park. the rain followed me south, however there some viewing to do. While at Washington Monument dale told me about two small museums at Gathland. The first is about Alfred Townsend, a northern civil war correspondent. Beside Alfred, though photos...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Jack L
Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

We visited Gathland for the first time. The drive out there is beautiful - through rural Frederick County and then through the quaint historical town of Burkittsville. We visited the museum at the park and checked out the ruins of the barn and tomb/garden, before...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank 890juliab
Reviewed November 17, 2016

Gathland State Park has both the ruins of the Gath estate -- a crumbling barn, the foundations of the library -- and the stunning preserved Civil War monuments that George Alfred Townsend commissioned, including the famous War Correspondents' Arch. This area is particularly stunning in...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank littlereview
Reviewed September 13, 2016

If a stroll through some of these woods looks a little familiar, you've probably seen them before, as these woods made for much of the backdrop of the original Blair Witch Project film. The woods themselves aren't exactly popping with color nor does the trail...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Matthew B
Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Hidden treasure for anyone interested in history and the great outdoors. Clean Park that is well managed. We did some hiking and camping with a short tour of the exhibits. Great for the day or overnight adventure.

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank 94prc
Reviewed June 24, 2016

I wanted to check out this attraction while in the area. You just drive on this very back country road and all of a sudden this giant archway appears in front of you. What a sight. There were some re-enactors there. They hadn't started their...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank julia_fisher
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