Fort Frederick State Park

Big Pool, Maryland 21711

Fort Frederick State Park

Fort Frederick State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Fort Frederick State Park Trip Reports

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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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Trail Information

Big Pool
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Early April–early November
Boat Launch/Ramp, Swimming, Boating, Fishing
Additional Use
Local Contacts
Fees per Night
Boat launch, camp store, picnic, playground, shelters, visitor center

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