Washington Monument State Park
6620 Zittlestown Rd.
Middletown, MD 21769
State Park: Birding, Camp, Hike, History, Picnic, Walk
Located atop South Mountain, Washington Monument State Park is named for the first completed monument dedicated to the memory of George Washington. The Washington Monument is a rugged stone tower that was initially erected by the citizens of Boonsboro in 1827. The Appalachian Trail winds through this park and passes the base of the monument. The park lands offer picnic shelters, playing fields and superb birdwatching since the Cumberland Valley is a migratory bird flyway. An annual count of migrating hawks and eagles is made at the monument by bird enthusiasts. South Mountain State Battlefield is located at this site. The monument museum features historical artifacts related to the history of Washington Monument and the Battle of South Mountain. It is open on weekends only in April and October, and seven days a week from May through September. It is closed during the winter.