Fort Frederick State Park Nature Trail

Hancock, Maryland

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An easy walk through a young forest in an area that was previously logged. A good hike for children on a family outing to the park or for a field study of forest succession. Because it is very short and not entirely pristine, Fort Frederick State Park Nature Trail is not a “destination hike. ”Nevertheless, a walk on the 1.2-mile loop could be a nice part of a family outing to the park or a field study of forest succession. In addition to the nature trail, the park boasts Fort Frederick, the national historic monument that played a role in the French and Indian, Revolutionary, and Civil Wars. The historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath passes through the park, as does, of course, the Potomac River. With the picnic area by the trailhead, it is a great place to spend a day exploring the human and natural history of the area. Special considerations: Pets are not permitted at Fort Frederick State Park.
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Hiking Maryland & Delaware

by David Edwin Lillard (Falcon Guides)

An easy walk through a young forest in an area that was previously logged. A good hike for children on a family outing to the park or for a field study of forest succession. Because it is very short and not entirely pristine, Fort Frederick State Park Nature Trail is not a “destination hike. ”Nevertheless, a walk on the 1.2-mile loop could be a nice part of a family outing to the park or a field study of forest succession.

In addition to the nature trail, the park boasts Fort Frederick, the national historic monument that played a role in the French and Indian, Revolutionary, and Civil Wars. The historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath passes through the park, as does, of course, the Potomac River. With the picnic area by the trailhead, it is a great place to spend a day exploring the human and natural history of the area. Special considerations: Pets are not permitted at Fort Frederick State Park.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hancock
Distance: 1.2
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: April - November
Additional Use: Camping
Local Contacts: Park Manager, Fort Frederick State Park
Local Maps: USGS Clear Spring, Maryland
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Frederick State Park Nature Trail

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