What to do in Washington Monument State Park

In Washington County, four miles east of Boonsboro and 1.5 miles north of Alternate Route 40 on Monument Road, Washington Monument State Park is named for the first monument in the country erected to the "father of our country," George Washington. A rugged stone tower was dedicated to the first president by the citizens of Boonsboro in 1827. Washington traveled through Western Maryland in his early years as a surveyor.

In 1920, the one acre site was purchased by the Washington County Historical Society, and in 1934 it was deeded to the State of Maryland for use as a State Park. The tower was rebuilt in its present form by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, who set in place the original cornerstone and a facsimile of the dedication tablet. Development of a 40-acre park was started. Today, the park encompasses 147 acres.

Washington Monument State Park is a 147-acre day use facility where folks come to relax, picnic, hike and enjoy viewing the seasonal bird migrations. The Appalachian Trail winds through the park and passes the base of the monument where a visitor center rests. The center features exhibits on the natural and human history of the area. Several picnic shelters, one accommodating 20 people for a fee of $20 per day is available for reservation as well as a shelter accommodating 55 people for a daily fee of $55. Bird watching is one of the most popular features of the park. Folks congregate at the monument each spring and fall to count the migrating raptors traveling the Atlantic Flyway. Other recreations available at the park include playing fields and a youth group campsite. The park also sponsors Civil War living history events throughout the year. Details pertaining to special events and youth camping may be obtained by calling the park office at 301-791-4767 (Greenbrier State Park.)

The picnic area and museum are handicapped accessible.

Recreations available at Washington Monument State Park include cross-country skiing, hiking, viewing historic sites, picnicking, a children's playground, and touring a museum.

Washington Monument State Park is located in Western Maryland within Washington County, 4 miles east of Boonsboro, off Alternate Route 40.

Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

c/o Greenbrier State Park
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713

Phone: 301-791-4767

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