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“Great, comfortable campground close to Baltimore”

Greenbrier State Park
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Boonsboro
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great, comfortable campground close to Baltimore”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

My husband and I along with our two small children visited the campground for 2 nights in mid-September. Good campsite, although not very secluded from other sites. Bathrooms/showers were fine; not updated too recently. Playground is fun and the lake has swimming and fishing. Lots of little hikes good for kids. Close to Frederick if you want to explore this town. Overall, a great time!

Visited September 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Clean Campsite, but not friendly to dog or man.”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We stayed at one of the dogs-permitted campsites in dogwood loop. When we first got to camp, we were very happy with the clean bathroom and level and well-situated camping pads. It was only our brother's dog's second time camping out, and he was nervous about sounds in the night. He responded a couple of times to barks of neighboring dogs and raised an alarm when the park rangers came into our site, shining flashlights in our and our dog's eyes. The ranger rather severely informed us that if the dog barked again after quiet hours, one of us would have to take him out of the park. Now, I'll concede that a dog that barks constantly in the park is annoying. This dog was nervous and a relative campsite newbie, but his barking was incidental, in response to other barking and disturbances near the campsite in the night. We are long-time contributing Maryland State Park members and have taken our own dog (who is considerably smaller and more sedate). We love the park system and campgrounds and have always had pretty happy experiences, even when we are being eaten alive by no-see-ums, disturbed by rollicking neighbors, or drenched by torrential rains. We have never had our fun so dampened as they were by the attitudes of some of the staff and Ranger at Greenbrier. They did their jobs, but with such surly and contemptuous attitudes that we felt they resented having to deal with campers. We watched one of the clerks at the beach concessions stand munch fries off of a customer's plate after tossing us the cups for what turned out to be the worst coffee I have ever tasted. I must praise the camp host in our loop, who was warm and kind, even in warning us that the Rangers would not be about things like tents overlapping pad borders. In all Greenbrier is worth a stop-by while touring the other parks, if you have extra time to spend and don't have a dog. The lake is not worth the short walk. Other parks nearby should be more rewarding, and I'll never camp there again.

Visited August 2013
5 Thank Korean K
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Washington, DC
2 reviews
“Greenbrier State Park - Lake”
Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Love it. Will go back. You could see the fish swim next to your feet.

The people are nice...camp ground is wonderful.... wish I took a steak yo cook.

Visited August 2013
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Baltimore, MD
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“This review is favorable because of the campground, not the lake”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

This review is favorable because of the campground, which is separated from the day use lake beach by a key coded gate.

That is an important distinction because the lake beach is PACKED, while the campground has a nice peaceful, quiet feel to it.

We stayed at sight 18, in the Birch loop, June 28th, 2013

The Campground:
The campground is probably one of my newly discovered favorites! The sites have a nice quite, nestled feeling to them. The sites are well spaced apart, and the bathroom wasn't too lit up, like at Rocky Gap.

The campground is nestled among both tall trees, with Forrest edge plants around each site. For example, smaller trees, and Mountain laurel.

The Bathrooms:
Clean enough, with enough stalls, and one shower stall. What was missing from the bathroom area was an area to wash your dishes.

I would have liked to seen a few larger trash cans near the bathrooms, but they have 3 large dumpsters as you leave the park area.

The camp store:
This is no camp store. It is more of a grill that serves the beach goers.

The lake:
A pretty little lake, that is packed with families and their children. You can hear the drone of people from the time you get out of your car in the parking lot.

The trails:
This campground has quite a few hiking trails. Unfortunately, it was hot, and my leg was bothering me, so we didn't try any of them this time around.

There is always a long line of cars to get into the day use area.

After you come into the camp ground, you will turn left at the bottom of the hill to go through the gate, and into the camping area.

If you wanted to go to the day access lake, you will turn right.

Visited July 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Campsite + Lake = Good!”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

We are just back from a quick, one night, mid-week camping trip at Greenbrier State Park. Given that we are in the midst of a summer heatwave, we were amazed and relieved by just how much cooler it is around the wooded campsite area and how great the lake was to swim in. We stayed at Ash Loop, site #22. All of the sites looked nice, and we like the location of this one - close to the bathhouse but not on other sites' path to /from same, and an easy walk to and from the lake. The site was clean / well-maintained, and the bathhouse was totally fine, with only a light layer of great outdoors funk to it in the corners, with all of the main features older but clean and in good working order We arrived a little over an hour early (regular check-in time is 3:00) and after a quick check, the folks in the camping station told us that our site was ready (having been used the night before and then checked) and sent us on our way with clear directions for how to get through the access gate. They seem to have good systems. We went for a swim and were pleased to find the water cool, even in the shallows, and quite clear. Given that roped-off, relatively shallow swimming areas are a fact in this area and time, we thought the swimming area was really pretty large. The lawn area around the swimmable area and "beach" strip was dotted with trees and good patches of shade. Overall, our experience was that this is a beautiful, well-run park. Every park employee we encountered was friendly and professional. I am sure that it helped that we were there mid-week when it was less crowded, and that we followed the rules (like 10:00pm quiet & no alcohol) without it presenting any kind of issue for us. Next time we will stay longer!

Visited July 2013
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