Where? Greenbrier State Park, Boonsboro, Maryland, USA
How much? It ranges from $3.00-$7.00 depending on if you are a Maryland resident or not, and if you go during a weekday or weekend.
Open/Closes: According to their website, 8:00 AM to sunset.
Pets: There’s nothing explicit about pets on this park’s page, but this is the Pet’s policy for Maryland State Parks in general.
At a Glance (review from my insta account)
Kid friendly ✅ This park is now a favorite! It has everything you need except trash cans, and that’s fine. Take your trash with you. The kids can play in the water, in the sand, in the grass, rent a pedal boat, kayak, paddle board, plenty of trees that provide shade and a spectacular view of the Appalachian Mountains.
Stroller friendly ✅ You can take your stroller from the parking all the way to where you want to set up camp with no problem. The sand is so loose that my regular stroller moved perfectly fine through it.
Wheelchair accessible ✅ From the first parking lot there is a concrete path that goes all the way along the lake/beach.
Restrooms ✅ ✅ Yes! They weren’t super clean, but the place was pretty crowded so it is expected. Plus, they have showers!! 👍
Social distancing ❌ BUT, based on my trip on a Monday after 4:00 PM, a lot of people leave at 6:00. After that, there was plenty of space to enjoy distant from each other. Plus, you get to see the sunset 🌅😊.
My takeaway ✨ It’s probably better to skip the first parking area, and try to park closer to the showers.
Last remarks 🚨 We did this after hiking Weverton Cliffs. It was a great motivational reward for my kids to think about water after hiking!
And remember, treat the outdoors with care. This park is trash free. You need to take your trash with you. Period. Let’s keep it clean!
More details of Our Experience
Greenbrier State Park is located in Washington County. Click on the map to get directions on Google Maps.
This is the only “beach” I’ve been so far in Maryland that has plenty of shade! The entire grass area right before the sand, is covered with trees that provide shade. Also, there are a couple of gazebos you can use, if you manage to arrive early enough. Since we visited this park in times of Covid-19, it was a little too crowded for my comfort when we arrived. Therefore, for the first hours my kids stayed in the grassy area and played with sand there. Make sure you bring a bucket and toys!
The water in this lake is the clearest I have seen in a Maryland lake. It doesn’t look brownish and it isn’t full of sediments. The lake is divided in three sections to point out depth, being the last one, the deepest, reserved for paddle boarding, kayaking, or pedal boating. All of these can be rented in the park. The first two sections are not deep anyways. My kids could stand in both. Moreover, you can see your feet!
After 5:00 PM, most visitors started leaving and we were able to enjoy the water with plenty of space to stay distanced from others.
Summertime is the best time of the year to enjoy sunsets. You literally have all day to prepare and wait for it. So, we stay until sunset and had the loveliest end to a “beach” day! After the sun sets, the park rangers will let everyone know it’s time to leave.
There are about 11 miles of hiking trails in this park. We didn’t hike during our time here, though. I think that’s something I would rather do in fall or winter because during summertime, we all need a splash in the water!
I hope you have a great time visiting this beautiful place. Being in contact with nature is proven to make you feel better and happier. Let me know if you go how it goes and remember that the easiest way to stay posted and in touch is to follow me on insta, where I also share videos of the places in my stories/highlights!