Fort Frederick State Park

Big Pool, Maryland

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One couldn’t ask for a better location for a campground. Fort Frederick sits up the hill, easily accessible via a paved path (Fort Frederick Road). Down from the fort, you cross the C&O Canal Towpath running alongside Big Pool. The campground sits between the towpath and the Potomac River. Fort Frederick is perhaps the best place to view the span of Maryland’s military history. The fort’s location makes it a prime attraction. Parkland contains sections of the Potomac River, C& O Canal, Big Pool, and the Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT), a 23-mile paved path that follows the former Western Maryland Railway line. The Potomac allows for great swimming (be careful: the currents can be deceptively swift midriver), boating, and fishing. The species of fish, both native and introduced, number in the dozens—bass, carp, catfish, crappie, eel, herring, perch, pickerel, shad, sunfish, and trout among them.
Best Tent Camping: Maryland

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Best Tent Camping: Maryland

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

One couldn’t ask for a better location for a campground. Fort Frederick sits up the hill, easily accessible via a paved path (Fort Frederick Road). Down from the fort, you cross the C&O Canal Towpath running alongside Big Pool. The campground sits between the towpath and the Potomac River. Fort Frederick is perhaps the best place to view the span of Maryland’s military history.

The fort’s location makes it a prime attraction. Parkland contains sections of the Potomac River, C& O Canal, Big Pool, and the Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT), a 23-mile paved path that follows the former Western Maryland Railway line. The Potomac allows for great swimming (be careful: the currents can be deceptively swift midriver), boating, and fishing. The species of fish, both native and introduced, number in the dozens—bass, carp, catfish, crappie, eel, herring, perch, pickerel, shad, sunfish, and trout among them.

© 2016 Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Big Pool
Campsites: 29
Season: Early April–early November
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Swimming, Boating, Fishing
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: 301-842-2155 dnr2.maryland.gov
Fees per Night: $15-$16
Facilities: Boat launch, camp store, picnic, playground, shelters, visitor center
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Frederick State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

9/13/2008
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Nice campground. It's right on the Potomac River, and you can expect a nice sunset off to the west. The C&O bike trail is only a couple 100 feet to the east, and very easily accessible. The Fort itself is just up the hill and well restored and worth a visit. Only problem is water is not near campground (so be prepared to haul water) and there are porta-potties (i.e. Blue Splash).



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