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Gathland State Park

Gathland State Park

Gathland State Park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. In the late 1800's, Gathland featured a unique collection of buildings and structures designed and constructed by Townsend. Two of the structures, the Main Hall and Lodge, were partially restored in the 1950's. A large stone monument dedicated to the memory of Civil War correspondents is the outstanding attraction of this day-use park. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail traverses the park and passes the monument base.

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Image Credit: Maryland DNR / Flickr

Hours

8am to Sunset.
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours. Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours. 

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

There are no fees associated with Gathland State Park

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Site Seeing
  • Museum
  • Picnicking

History

Gathland State Park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist.

In the late 1800's, Gathland featured a unique collection of buildings and structures designed and constructed by Townsend.

Two of the structures, the Main Hall and Lodge, were partially restored in the 1950's. A large stone monument dedicated to the memory of Civil War correspondents is the outstanding attraction of this day-use park. 

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Last updated: March 15, 2021
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