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Best trails in Fort Frederick State Park, Maryland

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Explore the most popular trails in Fort Frederick State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Come to Fort Frederick State Park for colonial history, exhibits, and historic sites, plus a boat launch, camping, fishing, canoeing, and hiking. Hours: April-October: 8 a.m. to Sunset November-March: 10 a.m. to Sunset Accessibility: For information on the accessibility of Fort Fredrick State Park, visit: https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/accessibleactivities.aspx?activity=AccessiblePublicLands

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Map of trails in Fort Frederick State Park, Maryland
Park information
Acreage:
722 acres
Contact
301-842-2155
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Top trails (2)
#1 - Western Maryland Rail Trail
Fort Frederick State Park
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Length: 43.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
This all-season, multipurpose rail trail can be enjoyed on bicycle, inline skates, hiking, snowshoeing, or nordic skiing. Some portions of the trail (grassy area beside the trail) can also be enjoyed on horseback. With the bike-friendly town of Hancock located smack-dab in the middle of the trail, this route is easy to reach, easy to use, and easy to love. One of the unique and extremely attractive calling cards for this trail is the option to make it into a loop trail by combining it with the C & O Canal Towpath trail that runs all the way from Washington D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland. In fact many C & O through-riders enjoy the respite of detouring onto the smoothly paved Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) as a break from the bouncing dirt path of the canal trail. Since the two trails run nearly parallel to one another, they make perfect companion trails. The WMRT can be accessed from near Fort Frederick State Park on the east end, Old Pearre Rail Station on the west end, or from the town of Hancock in the middle. Whichever route you take, the town of Hancock makes a nice staging area due to the local availability of lodging, camping, shopping, dining, & bike shops. Some of the historic points of interest near the trail include: Fort Frederick State Park, the old Round Top Cement Mill, Hepburn Orchards Fruit Market, Old Pearre Station, Big Pool, and Park Head Cemetery. Each season brings a new attraction to the trail with snow sports in the winter, wildflowers in the spring, wildlife viewing & apple harvest in the summer, and fall foliage in the autumn. And with Washington D.C. & numerous Civil War exhibits nearby, there are year-round attractions for nature lovers, history buffs, outdoor recreationalists, and active travelers galore. Accessibility: This asphalt trail is estimated to typically be at least 7 feet wide. The slope is typically mostly gentle (5% grade or less) uphill and down. There is one section, from about the 8.0 to 8.5 mile mark that is estimated to be steep (12% grade or less) uphill and down. This section is marked with a waypoint as trail goers using mobility equipment may need additional assistance there. It is unclear if there are designated wheelchair accessible car/van parking spots at the paved Pearre trailhead. There are at least 3 designated wheelchair accessible car/van parking spots at the Big Pool paved trailhead lot. Show more
#2 - Beaver Trail
Fort Frederick State Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 12 m