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.
I had my fur baby with me. We both did well. The trail is pretty rocky and especially at the beginning where it's also mostly uphill and intense. We split off on the black trail a bit to see the statue and the stone over look which Diesel appreciated since he enjoyed cooling his belly on the cold rock in the areas where the stone was shaded. The last part was mostly down hill. The only real complaint I have is, because of the trail being so rocky I spent the majority of the hike looking down at my feet and the trail to make sure I had good footing so I wouldn't trip. When I hike, I enjoy looking around at the view as I walk and take in being in my element. But maybe someone who has more experience on rocky trails wouldn't have that issue as much. Overall an enjoyable hike. It would be a good hike for kids with a little experience. It would be intense for them tho but doable.
Well maintained trail that has enough elevation changes to give you a good workout but nothing that can't be completed for anyone in fair shape. You can hike just the lower trail or add in the upper trail for an extra 2.5 miles. Today was extremely foggy but there are a couple of overlooks (of what I couldn't tell). Total numbers of miles: 8.0 but I added in a little bit of the Catoctin Trail (blue blazes)
I hiked both the lower and upper yellow trails. Other than North Frederick Overlook, there are no vistas on the yellow trails. In order to get a good view, one should leave the lower yellow trail and enter the High Knob Visitor Center area, rejoin the lower yellow trail afterward.