Monocacy National Battlefield

Frederick, Maryland

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This lesser-known but lovingly preserved Civil War battlefield is operated by the National Park Service. Along with a visitor center, it has multiple hikes in three areas, which require a car to access. The hikes explore the grounds of an old mill and historic farm that straddles the Monocacy (pronounced muh-NOCK-a-see) River. To begin your hike, drive from the visitor center to Gambrill Mill (stop 5 on the self-guided history tour). The Gambrill Mill trailhead is by the parking lot and begins on a boardwalk built over a creek surrounded by huge trees that were probably here during the fateful battle. Because the slow-moving stream is covered by forest, the first part of this half-mile hike is in the shade.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

This lesser-known but lovingly preserved Civil War battlefield is operated by the National Park Service. Along with a visitor center, it has multiple hikes in three areas, which require a car to access. The hikes explore the grounds of an old mill and historic farm that straddles the Monocacy
(pronounced muh-NOCK-a-see) River.

To begin your hike, drive from the visitor center to Gambrill Mill (stop 5 on the self-guided history tour). The Gambrill Mill trailhead is by the parking lot and begins on a boardwalk built over a creek surrounded by huge trees that were probably here during the fateful battle. Because the slow-moving stream is covered by forest, the first part of this half-mile hike is in the shade.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Frederick
Distance: 0.7-3.5 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round, but best in fall and spring
Additional Use: Hiking
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: National Park Service, 301-662-3515, nps.gov/mono
Local Maps: National Park Service, tinyurl.com/monocacymap
Driving Directions: Directions to Monocacy National Battlefield

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