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Three Pond Circuit is a 8.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Frederick, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 977 feet Route Type: Loop

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As of December 10, 2019, users have reported that there are temporary road closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Nice forest trails and several natural ponds in protected watershed area. The Frederick Municipal Forest is a forest area protecting the watershed servicing the city of Frederick, MD. Within the forest are many small ponds (yes, the same ponds subject to the FBI anthrax investigations), springs, and many jeep roads and hiking trails. Unfortunately they are all unmarked with the exception of portions of the Catoctin Trail which runs through the area. Take a map and compass! This hike begins with a steep, rough ascent on an unmaintained trail with many blow-downs. This trail will shortly intersect with a fire road. Proceed right. Continue on this trail until you reach large pond on left (small side trail leads down to and around pond). Continue past pond. The trail will begin heading south and roughly parallel Gambrill Park Rd, eventually reaching to Hamburg Road where you can pick up the blue-blazed Catoctin Trail back North. This trail will pass two small ponds and eventually lead back to the first larger pond.

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6 months ago

the city of Frederick has started too gate most of the roads in the Frederick Municipal Forest,as of the end of this year most will be closed.

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10 months ago

great trail with kids and dogs, very quiet only saw 3 other hikers.

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Thu Jul 26 2018

Beautiful water element with great forest canopy on almost the entire run. Very nice!

Sun Dec 10 2017

Great ride in my Jeep JK. Love the views and woods.

Mon Nov 27 2017

Great ride in a 4x4

Sat Jul 09 2016

Amazing! The nature here is one of a kind the ponds among the best I've seen!

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