Wildlife in Parks
Gambrill State Park and the surrounding recreational land have some incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. From the stone overlooks in High Knob to the wooded trails throughout the ridgeline, visitors have the opportunity to view birds such as eagles and turkey vultures; reptiles such as snakes and turtles; and even mammals such as raccoons and bears.
Consequently, these opportunities may result in human-animal conflicts if proper precautions are not taken. Here are some tips on how to recreate responsibly around wildlife.
Black Bear Country
Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick Counties in Maryland are all home to black bears. Recreating in these counties presents the possibility that visitors may see a black bear while hiking, camping, picnicking, etc.
Department of Natural Resources staff work to minimize human and bear conflicts. For more information about recreating in Black Bear Country, visit the Living with Black Bears webpage.
Snakes in Parks
Maryland is home to a large diversity of wildlife including many species of snakes. Snakes are rarely aggressive towards humans. If you encounter a snake simply maintain a safe distance and move away from it. Remember, it is illegal to kill a snake in the state of Maryland.
Only two kinds of snakes inhabiting Maryland are venomous: the copperhead and the timber rattlesnake. Both species have been documented in the park.
View the venomous snake poster - which includes pictures and prevention measures