Explore the most popular walking trails in Monocacy National Battlefield with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice trail. I am a cub scout den leader and brought my den on an Adventure Hike here. It was a nice stroll. Lots of Frederick history on the posted signs. I will definitely come back again with my boys.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail if you live in Frederick. Good way to get some fresh air near town. You don’t realize that there’s a whole life down by the river.

fun and we'll kept trail.

trail in the battle ground is great. Except for a steep incline in the beginning part, it is really flat. Scenery is beautiful in april. However the map is not great. Do not attempt the second part of the loop (the section that goes parallel to i270 and goes underneath) That part has nothing to see and all you do is walk in a road. There is no pedestrian section so you share the road with cars for the most part. The dirt road with gravels makes a lot of dust any time a car passes by. The section that goes under i270 is not only bad but also dangerous. You are basically walking on the car road... This should have been listed as a 4 ish mile loop containing only the battleground part.

Nice for a short hike! There is a little bit of everything, cows, river, woods, and history. I took my wife on her first hike. Great for beginners.

hiking
1 month ago

This is such a nice trail just outside of Frederick. My family hiked it in early April and there great wild flowers blossoming along the trail. It is a pretty easy hike for kids and there are several places where you can go off trail and access the Monocacy River.

Nice 2 mile loop. I would rate this closer to easy, not moderate. There is an incline and decline which will get your heart rate up, but it’s not difficult at all and I am not in the best shape. Please note the area where there are cows has an electric fence. I only saw 1 tiny sign. I will definitely be back for evening hikes!

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.

hiking
9 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

hiking
11 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.

walking
Monday, April 17, 2017

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Very easy. Great views.

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

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!

walking
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

Awesome

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...

walking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Fun hike with the family. A couple spots you can branch off and walk down to the river.

hiking
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hiked the Ford Loop and Brooks Hill trails on a cloudy November day. Did not see a single deer (despite all the comments from other hikers about the number of deer they saw) but did see a bald eagle flying along the Monocacy River. The Ford Loop Trail takes you down by the river (very easy trail) while the Brooks Hill Trail takes you up on top of Brooks Hill (duh) and through a nice Oak forest. This walk was a little tougher since you had a slight climb up to the top. Put the two trails together and you have a nice 3-mile loop trail.

hiking
Saturday, May 23, 2015

Lot of deer. My dog enjoyed it. Parts of trail not clear. Watch out

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