The Civil War Battle that Saved Washington, D.C. In the summer of 1864, General Jubal Early led Confederate forces towards Washington, D.C. and threatened to capture the capital city. On July 9, Union troops under General Lew Wallace met Early's forces on the banks of the Monocacy. At Monocacy National Battlefield, visitors can experience this and other stories of the past in a landscape that has changed little since the 19th century.

Wonderful for after work or spur of the moment walk. View of Baker Valley from Brooks Hill Trail is lovely! Then circle around by the field and head down by the river. Lots of variety for a short hike!

Very pretty, short, easy hike. This is a great place for family pictures.. I saw people doing that both times I went here. The fall colors are beautiful at sunset. The first section has a nice wooden platform to walk on. And at the end of the platform you can walk to the river and see both the car bridge and the train bridge over the Monocacy river. The trail continues and loops back to the lake/parking area. Very pretty spot.

Loved this shaded trail.

6 months ago

Fun little trail that is marked okay. We took the long loop that went along the Monocacy River counterclockwise. There is an industrial zone across the river. Half way through the hike we came across a farm with many cows. The trail then goes up a small hill with a switchback incline then comes down to the parking area where we started. There is a historical farm house, picnic tables, and a cannon next to the parking area with a nice view of the farm. I docked the trail two stars because of the industrial zone and the proximity to the highway that offers unwanted noise. The trail is moderately travelled on the weekend. Cheers.

Nice trails, not a lot of people, Worthington Farm tails is hilly

8 months ago

Short trail, but it's great to go around a few times.

Nice trail, can get really muddy after a lot of rain though.

you know what'd be even better about this place? being able to enter the house.

i must've tried every single window; apparently they've got locks.

also the hill close by? very nice.

Easy walk with boardwalk through the marshy/wooded area. Nice creek to hop in if you so desire. Gambrills Mill manor is also a really cool spot to picnic.

Civil war historic spot. Good for walking around. Good spot to take kids/dogs.

10 months ago

Pretty little loop. I love just going there to sit by the Monocacy river.

Very easy. Great views.

After a long day in the car, it was great to stretch our legs and complete the River Ford Loop at the Worthington Farm and the loop at the Gambrill Mill.

10 months ago

The trail crosses the area where Union soldiers advanced and retreated on July 9, 1864 as they delayed an advancing Confederate army threatening Washington DC. The trail starts at the old Gambrill Mill, winds through thin woods past the old mill race to a spectacular view of a railroad bridge over the Monocacy River. The first half of the trail is generally in shady trees, while the remainder is in more open country. Historical markers describe the battle action in this area. A very nice walk!

Friday, November 18, 2016

There are actually five different trails within Monocacy Battlefield: Thomas Farm, Junction Trail, Gambrill Mill Trail, Ford Loop, and Brooks Hill - all at various stops within the battlefield tour. I've completed the Thomas Farm loop so far.

Saturday, September 17, 2016


I do the loop for a trail run a few times a year...just a nice all around trail...a little of everything as far as scenery goes and the trail is in decent shape...enjoy my time here...

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Ford Loop Trail: 1.6 miles
Walked with the pups just before sunset. Mosquitos are a tad annoying when the breeze stops, so bug spray is recommended. Pretty consistent elevation with a few small wooden bridges and lots of grazing cattle and deer.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Very nice, Pretty scenery all around the trails. Easy to walk. The river close by is gorgeous I recommend this

Took my girls out on their first hike in MD and they enjoyed it! Perfect for toddlers! It was easy and long enough for a 3 year old and a 5 year old. We saw lots of cows and deers. We was able to walk down to the path towards the river and it was a nice view. We went during the evening, before sunset, and the weather was perfect. We also saw a few beavers.

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