There is a fee to use the park, but the combination of a beach and fishing make it worth the price of admission. For those who would like to claim to have walked on the Appalachian Trail, they can do that here since the trail winds its way through the park, crossing Boonsboro Mountain Road to crawl along the ridgeline defined by Bartman’s Hill (39.53496,-77.60791) and Pine Knob (39.5 4263,-77.59679) on the northern side of US 40.
In addition to being stocked with trout, the lake is a good summer fishing destination for those whose passion is bass. If you have a boat, the ramp is at the northern end of the lake on a short pipe stem inset to the east from the main body of water. The entire northern section, until you reach the main lake, is shallow with plenty of underwater vegetation. By the time you drift down to the boat rental at the upper end of the beach (39.539709,-77.617703) most of the vegetation disappears. There is no fishing off the beach, so to fish from the shoreline, you must follow the trail to the west side of the lake where the path winds between the trees and offers welcome shade on hot days.
Getting There: East: From I-70, take exit 42 for MD 17N/Myersville Road. Myersville Road becomes Main Street. Turn right on Ellerton Road to make a left onto US 40W. Once past I-70, look for the entrance to theGreenbrier State Park on the left.
South: From I-70, take exit 35 for MD 66S/Mapleville Road. Resist the temptation to divert to Beaver Creek and continue on Mapleville Road to the intersection with US 40. Turn left and follow US 40 to the entrance to the Greenbrier State Park on the right.
· North end of the lake at the boat ramp (39.540998,-77.615834)
· Parking lot adjacent to the southern beach area (39.535915,-77.618614)
Secrets Revealed? No. This is a very public location that is documented in the Maryland DNR website.
Tell a friend about this article by clicking on this link
View down the lake
Plenty of picnic spots
Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore