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Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Each year, a growing number of people travel to Frederick County to revel in our parks and recreational amenities. Highlighted by the Catoctin Mountains and the Potomac River, our 90 nationalstatecounty, and municipal park facilities offer a wide variety of recreational activities such as swimming, boating, camping, hiking, horseback riding, and nature programs in environments ranging from urban city parks to wilderness reserves. Wonderful outdoor experiences are to be enjoyed in every season.

Some parks may reach capacity early in the day. Face coverings are required for gatherings of 50 people or more at all shelters, as well as in bleachers and stadium seating within Frederick County parks. Face coverings are otherwise not required. Contact individual parks for specific restrictions. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Frederick



What are some of the best places to hike in Frederick?



  • Chimney Rock on Catoctin Mountain
  • Catoctin Furnace Trail at Cunningham Falls State Park
  • Gambrill State Park loop
  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail at Gathland State Park
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What are some of the national & state parks to visit in Frederick?



  • Catoctin Mountain Park
  • Cunningham Falls Park
  • Gambrill State Park
  • Gathland State Park
  • Greenbrier State Park
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What are some of the dog-friendly things to do in Frederick?



  • McClintock Distilling
  • Catoctin Breeze Vineyard
  • Shop Downtown Frederick
  • Baker Park
  • Monocacy National Battlefield
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What are the top self-guided tours in Frederick?



  • Downtown Frederick Walking Tours
  • Covered Bridges Driving Tour
  • African American Heritage Sites Walking Tour
  • Public Art Trail
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