Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Frederick with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

This is a short, scenic hike that features three large ponds and opportunities for viewing wildlife. Parts of the hike aren't well-marked, but if you turn right at all of the intersections, you'll be okay.

Creek is still pretty high and fast (over my boots), so might be a little intimidating for little ones. There are several creek crossings, all more than ankle deep. Imagine it would be more inviting after drier weather. Trail is not marked. Take a fairly sharp left after crossing the creek. There is an inviting trail that heads straight up hill, but it isn’t this Trail! In fact, there are trails all over the place,so use the All trails map to keep you on course. The trail itself, although a bit rocky, is beautiful, running next to the creek with fairly open woods and beautiful mountain laurels. I bet it’s spectacular when they are in bloom. Will definitely try this one again.

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

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.

If you have trouble navigating without maps and want to start by ditching them- this is a good trail. All the trails are very well marked( didn’t stop us from getting lost though- which was all me) Beautiful green and not busy !

Short, easy hike but be prepared to get a little wet. There are several stream crossings. Good for young kids.

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1 month ago

Very nice trail, took my small dogs (was a little tough for them). There is a good amount of up and down and some nice lookouts.

Needs work. Middle section looks like recent heavy rains carved a culvert into the trail. Some overhanging foliage made me wish we brought a machete along.

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.

A very easy and short trail. Hopefully it will eventually connect with the trail leading to Westview Promenade. .

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.

easy hike. took about 2hrs 15min. 2 creeks and 3 ponds.

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.

First time in Gambrill State Park. Really enjoyed it. Rain made rocks on part of the trail a little slippery, but other than that it was what I expected.

Great trail with numerous stream crossings and only saw 1 person on a gorgeous day!

Nice walk.

hiking
5 months ago

Entering the trail from the right of the parking area is a rocky downhill hike. Beginners like my husband and I benefited from using trekking poles. The second half of the loop heading back up to the left side of the parking area is much smoother.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike on a warm winter day. We got a pretty good workout in and saw some cool views (we were able to see pretty far as most of the trees had lost their leaves).

Not much to see and a lot of it is by the road. I'm sure in the summer with the leaf cover it seems more secluded and quiet but the car noise cut down on the quiet during my warm January day hike. The trail is very rocky too so you spend a lot of time on foot placement/focus looking down. I did this with a 30lb weight best so that tended to make the hike more of a workout so keep that in mind with this review. What made this challenging was the sheer rockiness of the path. I don't think I'll try this one again soon but it's worth a hike for sure.

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

hiking
7 months ago

My husband and I randomly decided at 10am that we wanted to go for a good hike but still be done in time to get the kids from school. We got to the trail head around 11am. We took our time and made frequent stops to just enjoy nature. We were done by noon. Even with stops it was about an hour and very enjoyable. We’ll definitely bring the dog next time but it’s a little too rocky for our 4yo to hike without constantly tripping. Great for big kids, adults, and a sturdy dog

Great ride in a 4x4

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!

Great views! However it is more challenging than moderate with the rocks - especially the downhill after 1.2 miles . It can be tricky with fall leaves covering the rocks.

Perfect distance and good cardio!

A good bit of up and down. Couple of nice look-outs.

Loved this shaded trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy/moderate trail with upper and lower loops. Follows close to the road for some of the trail, but otherwise good seclusion. Loved the frequent change in plant life as we looped around to different faces of the mountain. Very peaceful all around and worth making the trip for.

got a bit lost. the park labels both an upper and lower yellow trail

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