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Gambrill State Park is a beautiful mountain park, located on the ridge of the Catoctin Mountains in Frederick County. The park has two areas for family activities, the Rock Run area and the High Knob area. The Rock Run area has a campground, a picnic area, and a small pond. The High Knob area has a picnic area, three stone overlooks, three picnic shelters, and a large stone lodge, called the Tea Room. The overlooks provide breath-taking views of the Frederick and Middletown valleys. The picnic shelters and the Tea Room can be rented for special events. The park also has 16 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

hiking
20 days ago

Hundreds of Mountain Laurel are blooming. The ferns are so beautiful. Go now, before the blooms are gone!

Lots of road noise for 50-60% of the hike. It's right by the road. Cars won't bug you but there's no escaping the motorcycles dragging out the low gears. It would be better when it's not riding season. Trail feels isolated the rest of the time and is quite rocky. I would rate it easy if not for the rockiness.

3.1 miles total for the Black Locust Trail. Few spots are tough to run due to incline, but overall a moderate run.

fun hike, and great scenery! some of the rocky parts are a bit tricky due to the rocks being small and loose, but over all alot of fun!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Is this trail 2.9 miles or 2.0 miles? The trail guide in the parking lot said it was 2 miles. But that would explain why it took me 1 hour and 15 min to hike through. I did the whole loop, moderately challenging, good ups and downs. I just don't like that you have to walk along a road for a portion of the trail. Otherwise I am definitely doing it again!