Monocacy National Battlefield Trails

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Monocacy National Battlefield 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.

7.4 miles
524 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


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.

7 days ago

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.

6 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Monday, November 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!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Loved this shaded trail.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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

Saturday, June 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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

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

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.

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


Friday, September 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...

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

Sunday, June 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.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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

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.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

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

cross country skiing
Saturday, May 23, 2015

Was a nice trail. Got lost at the overview- trail mark not too clear,but all good in the end.

trail running
Saturday, August 09, 2014

Pretty at sunset. Nice little loop for trail running. Deer, cows, a beautiful old house. Going back for a sunset pano :)

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Lovely spot. Not very challenging if you're looking to get a cardio workout but a great loop hike. Also, if you walk with a dog be prepared for 100's of deer. My dog spent the entire hike trying to get off that leash!
I went on New Year's day and the main entrance wasn't open. Several cars were parked in front of the locked gate.

Friday, November 01, 2013

I really enjoyed this one. veri pretty, and a nice trail. There are several other sections to this park. I think 5 total. I did this one and two others and only took about 3 hours. Make sure you have your camera!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Great trail, love taking our dogs every nice weekend.

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