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“Great first camping experience”

Greenbrier State Park
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Boonsboro
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Great first camping experience”
Reviewed May 22, 2012

My husband and I had our first camping experiece together (in a tent) on our own the first weekend in May and we went to Greenbrier State Park. We had camped here a few years ago with friends who had a hard-wall camper, and I finally convinced my husband to give tent-camping a try, since we had many of the supplies for camping given to us from my parents. The Maryland State Parks we have been to are all wonderful. Greenbrier is very clean! We used their online map to look at the location of the camp sites, and could read the information about each individual site and see pictures too. I knew from my camping experience, that we would prefer a site on an outer circle (less foot traffic from other campers on their way to the bath house or water pumps) and one that didn't sit too close to another site. Their map is very accurate for the spacing of the sites, and we were very happy with the site we selected, based on their website information.
They also have a great public beach access area. There are tons of picnic tables and a very large swimming area. We look forward to returning here again.

Visited May 2012
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English first
Middletown, Maryland
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“YUCK”
Reviewed February 5, 2012

The summer crowd at Greenbrier is borderline dangerous. I am sure the law enforcement that work this area are very busy. When we went, there were watermelons and portions of pigs hanging in trees, people changing dirty diapers on the sand; then using the lake as the water resource to cleaning feces off of the baby's bottoms. Others were in the lake in their clothes and others were actually bathing in the lake. Not for us.

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USA
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Nice campground.”
Reviewed January 19, 2012

We enjoyed our stay here. There was a group of young people in the next loop who were pretty noisy but they seemed to be having a good time. The campground is hilly but the sites are shady and each have a large level space for the picnic table and a gravel tent pad. The restroom facilities are clean and well maintained. Don't go to the lake area after sunset- you are not allowed to be there! There is a really nice nature center near the campground and behind it is a steep trail that leads to the AppalachianTrail.

Visited June 2011
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Webster City, Iowa, USA
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“Excellent place to stay”
Reviewed July 19, 2011

If you are staying near the Antietam battlefield, this is a great place.

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Frederick, MD
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“Big brother camp host - won't go back-EVER”
Reviewed July 5, 2011

Our church group had 10 camp sites. Beautiful park. Nice beach. Great layout. HOWEVER, the camp host and park rangers had it out for us from the moment our campers started arriving. They didn't know we were all together until the last night either. They were hawking every move we made as though we were criminals, starting with being told we had illegal firewood. Mind you - the website says it is SUGGESTED to not bring your own wood. SO, we brought our own wood - LOCAL WOOD - from 30 minutes away. We were told to remove it from the park. Oh, and if you do buy your own wood, you get 3-4 pieces of milled wood - that is, the bark edge piece that's left over the log goes through the mill FOR $6.50!!!!! At night, while drinking a soda, all of a sudden a flashlight beams on the can while a voice says IS THAT A BEER?? We were not loud or rowdy. In fact, at that point, we were all at our own sites because most of us had sleeping children. The next night there were a few families fellowshipping quietly at the site next to mine. They were quiet enough that I didn't even realize there was a group there. They were reminded about quiet time (an hour before quiet time) and TOLD that everyone needed to go back to their own camp sites. Another memeber of our group had a golf cart in the back of their truck to take on their next camping excursion where golf carts are permitted. Of course, they were drilled as to why they have a golf cart and made VERY AWARE that no golf carts are permitted at Greenbrier (what do you think the camp host and park ranger drive around in?) Less than satisfied.

Visited June 2011
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