Gathland State Park

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Gathland State Park


Location:In Washington and Frederick counties, 1 mile west of Burkittsville, off MD 17.
Facilities:Picnic area and shelter (é), hiking trails, visitor center, historic sites, museum (é).
Activities:Hiking, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist and reporter. Site includes a unique collection of buildings and structures Townsend designed and constructed, some of which have been restored. Attractions include a large stone monument dedicated to war correspondents and a visitor center containing some of Townsend's writings and papers. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes through the park (see entry in national trails section). Park is also the site of the first major battle of the Civil War fought in Maryland.
Address:c/o Greenbrier State Park
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713

Phone:301-791-4767
Web: www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/gathland.html
Size: 140 acres.

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