Historic National Road
National Scenic Byway
If you are traveling east or west through Frederick County, consider taking the Historic National Road! This 170 mile stretch can take you from Maryland to Illinois, passing through Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
Dining on the National Road
Lodging Along the Way
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Enjoy a comfortable stay at this conveniently located hotel, situated within historic Brunswick and close proximity…
Brunswick Family Campground
Spend the night camping by the serene and scenic shores of the Potomac River. With the historic Chesapeake & Ohio…
Above All Else @ Windsong
Family vacation rental house near Washington D.C., Baltimore and Gettysburg situated in a quiet corner of Windsong…
Country Inn & Suites
Adjacent to the FSK Mall, Country Inn Suites proudly offers a complimentary hot breakfast and free high speed…
History of the National Road
As the first federally funded road, the Historic National Road provided a gateway to the west for thousands of settlers and travelers alike. Beginning in Baltimore, the National Turn-Pike reached Frederick and the Appalachians Mountains, further extending through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and ending in Vandalia, Illinois.
Since its inception in 1807, the National Road began as the Baltimore & Frederick Town Turnpike. The new "smooth" road was responsible for opening Frederick to trade both east and west, quickly turning a small town into a city. Neighboring towns such as New Market, Mount Airy and Middletown grew up along the famed roadway in like fashion -offering lodging, dining, support services (eg.- blacksmiths/wheelwrights) and depot facilities for trade goods. Many of the old turnpike's original mile markers still exist and can be found on the north side of the roadway.
In addition, several interpretive markers help tell the local story along the Historic National Road's route. The Maryland portion of the Historic National Road measures 170 miles, crossing through seven counties.