Brooks Hill Loop and Thomas Farm Loop Trails

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Monocacy National Battlefield

Brooks Hill Loop and Thomas Farm Loop Trails is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Frederick, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.4 miles Elevation Gain: 524 feet Route Type: Loop

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Thomas Farm and Middle Ford Ferry Trails. This is a two part trail. Thomas Farm trail is 1.75 miles and Middle Ford Ferry trail is .25 mile. Thomas Farm-This trail covers the part of the battlefield where the heaviest fighting took place during the Battle of Monocacy, on July 9, 1864. Middle Ford Ferry-This trail explores early settlement of the Monocacy Region and provides peaceful views of the Monocacy River and the surrounding landscape.

hiking
17 days ago

The hill was bigger than expected, but good! I think the hill puts it on the moderate side of easy.

Thomas farm loop and connecting middle ford ferry loop. In good condition. Nice scenery.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Would have liked a clear marking to see where the confederate as crossed the river cause we came for the history too. Nice day, nice walk.

Most of this trail is road. The parts of the trail that are not road is great. A nicer trail in the area, maintained.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail for a quick hiking or simply a walk with calm and pleasant views. Loved that I had a flowing river half of the way.

Nice easy stroll.

hiking
Sun Mar 17 2019

Went into the Visitor Center and talked to an extremely knowledgeable volunteer that explained the trails and terrain involved to walk the battlefields. I went upstairs to go through the museum to get some background of the Civil War so I would have better understanding of what I saw. The museum was wonderful The first trail was the Junction Trail that led from the parking lot just along the tree line. It was a very easy walk about a mile. The other one I did was the Thomas Farm trail that was approximately 2 miles that included the Ferry Loop down along the river. I would rate it a moderate hike up some small hills. I enjoyed it very much and thought the museum really added to my experience.

Sat Aug 25 2018

Very pleasant surprise to find this well maintained, easy trail with river, woods and cows grazing within 10 minuets from Francis Scott Mall.

Sat Jul 07 2018

There are two trails here at two different farms. One Farm is Worthington Farm and has a nice trail of about 3-4 miles depending on where you park. If you park right off the road and walk down the gravely path you add about 1.4 miles to a less than three mile hike in the woods. The second trail is the Thomas Farm trail. It has a separate parking area/entrance from Worthington Farm; just a little down the road and it’s a much shorter and easier trail of a little less than 3 miles. These two trails are part of the Monocacy National Battlefield. Beautiful views. Serene trails. Historic farms.

hiking
Sun Jun 17 2018

There isn’t anything to see on the Junction Trail of note and it borders a loud highway.

hiking
Sun Jun 17 2018

Not much in the Gambrill Trail. A couple of signs, but it is pretty. The area by the river was too muddy to get close to it.

hiking
Wed May 23 2018

Dry easy trail for hiking and reflecting. The tree canopy is enough to keep the sunshine radiant heat to a comfortable temperature. The trail is lightly maintained and traveled. Easy to get to and safe for solo hiking trips.

hiking
Sun Apr 22 2018

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.

Mon Apr 16 2018

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.

walking
Mon Nov 06 2017

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!

Tue Sep 05 2017

Loved this shaded trail.

hiking
Sun Jul 23 2017

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

hiking
Tue Jun 13 2017

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

walking
Sat Jun 10 2017

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.

backpacking
Mon May 29 2017

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

hiking
Sat Apr 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.

walking
Fri Nov 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.

Sat Sep 17 2016

Awesome

Fri Sep 16 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...

walking
Sun Sep 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
Sat Jun 25 2016

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

hiking
Sun Jun 19 2016

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
Sun Apr 24 2016

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

hiking
Sat Nov 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.

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