National Parks

Fort Frederick State Park

Big Pool, MD

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Address: 11100 Fort Frederick Rd, Big Pool, MD 21711, USA Number: 301 842 2155 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Love American history? You will certainly be in your element at Maryland's Fort Frederick State Park! 

This 585 acre park feature a host of artifacts and landmark from the colonial period, right through to the present day.

Kids can see first hand history come back to life right in front of their very eyes. There are a host of experiences the family can enjoy at Fort Frederick State Park. 

Kids can see a unique stone fort that once served as the state's frontier defense during the French and Indian War.

The family can head to the Fort's stone wall and two barracks that have been restored to their 1758 appearance, so you can just imagine what it was like to live in that time.

Fort Frederick feature a number of historic exhibits in the Fort, barracks, CCC Museum as well as the Visitor Center. Speaking of which, the Visitor Center is a great place to start your historic adventure. 

The Visitor Centre offers a short orientation film, historical mannequin exhibits and information about the region, so you can become families with your surroundings, making your experience all the more rich!

The park also has a number of options for those active and playful kids. There is a boat launch, as well as campsites. Kids can enjoy the playground, or just relax and fish for a while!

History, outdoor adventure, and that fresh Maryland air to make your family day out one to remember!

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There are hiking trails great for wildlife spotting! Hike, bike and boat trail guides available online.

I'm Hungry!


Nestled in a wooden glen, the picnic area provides the perfect setting for a homemade family lunch!

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Where is it at?


Fort Frederick State Park is located in the Cumberland Valley, 18 miles west of Hagerstown and one mile south of I-70 near Big Pool (Rt. 56, Exit 12). The park is 88 miles from Baltimore and 81 miles from Washington, D.C.

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Captain Wort’s Sutler Shop sells great souvenirs including historical books, flags, toy muskets, Fort Frederick clothing, patches, magnets, maps, and hiking staff medallions. They shop also sells food, & camping supplies, as well as firewood.

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When can we go?

8am to sunset (April to October); 10am to sunset (Nov to March)

Park open year round. Fort barracks open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day & on weekends in spring & fall.

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