Gathland State Park

Gathland War Correspondent's MemorialReservations

Contact: 301-791-4767

Washington and Frederick Counties

Gathland State Park
900 Arnoldstown Road
Jefferson MD 21755

Headquarters
Greenbrier State Park
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro MD 21713

Hours: 8 a.m. to Sunset

ALERT: (3/19/20) The safety and well-being of our staff and visitors to Maryland State Parks is our top priority and we take that responsibility very seriously. With that in mind, Maryland State Parks and trails will remain open at this time; however, staff will be taking extra safety precautions to mitigate the risk of contact with the COVID-19 virus. This includes the implementation of enhanced cleaning protocols at all of the parks’ restrooms. All other State Park buildings, campgrounds, playgrounds and shelters are closed to the public. All planned events and gatherings of groups larger than 10 people are cancelled through the end of April. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust operations as events warrant. This website will be updated as new information becomes available.​​​


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. 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.