Gathland State Park was once the mountain home Gathland State Park 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 serve as Gathland State Park’s museum and feature many artifacts from Townsend’s life, career and estate, as well as artifacts from the Battle of South Mountain. The museum is open on weekends in April and October, and seven days a week from May through September. It is closed during the winter. 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. The Appalachian Trail is a footpath only. Mountain bikers can use the trails at Greenbrier State Park.