Washington Monument State Park
In 1827, the citizens of Boonsboro, Maryland were the
first to complete a monument in honor of George Washington. As the local folklore
goes, on July 4, 1827 at 7:00 a.m. most of the 500 inhabitants of the town of
Boonsboro assembled at the public square. Behind the Stars and Stripes and stepping
spiritedly to the music of a fife and drum corps, they marched to
the to the site of the monument to begin its construction. The town folk worked until noon when
they had a dedication ceremony and lunch. They resumed work and by
4:00 p.m. the monument stood 15 feet high on a 54 foot circular base.
The day ended with the reading of the Declaratio of Independence and
a three round salute fired by three Revolutionary War verterans. The
workers promised to return that fall to finish, and they did. The
monument was coninued to a height of 30 feet.
The monument was pressed
into service during the Civil War when it was used as a signal tower.
In the 1930's the civil Conservation Corps (CCC), a Great Depression
era program, restored the monument and eveloped the area as a park.
The hike to the monument is short and very scenic. The monument doesn't
just sit there for you to admire. You can climb its cave-like circular
stair case and when you reach the top you'll be treated to a spectacular
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes through
Washington Monument State Park. You can hike the "A.T." from Maine
to Georgia or for just a few miles. If you are planning an overnight
backpack outing, you can park at Washington Monument State Park for
a few days free of charge. Hike north for three miles to Greenbrier
State Park or go south and tread on Civil War Battlefields.
Picnic sites with tables and grills are available or you
can rent a picnic shelter for your family or group. There is a multi-purpose
field for pick up games and an outdoor play set for the children.
Youth Group Camping
You can reserve a camp site for your youth group
outings by calling 1-888-432-2267. The Rangers can help with ideas
for programs and activities, and they can even involve your group
in a community service project to help the park.
Plan Your Visit
There is a $2.00/vehicle service charge to enter the park.
Pets are prohibited.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a foot path only. Mountain
bikers can go to Greenbrier State Park. The main parking area, comfort
station and picnic pavilion at Washington Monument State Park are
accessible to the mobility impaired. Call the park office, if you
have any questions 301-797-4767.