Fort Frederick State Park
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Introduction

Located in Maryland, Fort Frederick State Park was opened in 1922 to pay homage to the fascinating history of the on-site fort. During the height of the French and Indian War, Fort Frederick served as an important stronghold in the area. Once the American Revolution hit the colonies, British soldiers were kept here as prisoners. Union troops were stationed near the fort during the Civil War too. Today, the fort is a part of the 287-acre park with plenty of activities year-round for the whole family to enjoy. The park serves as a recreational area and a historical monument of the past.

Fort Frederick State Park is an exciting destination for an RV vacation all year long. Summers offer hiking, swimming, boating, and picnicking for all ages. In the winter, many campers find the campground to be much quieter, with plenty of time to appreciate the birds and try their hand at geocaching.

History buffs are in for a real treat during a visit to Fort Frederick State Park. The 18th-century fort has been restored to its full glory with a stone wall and two barracks to explore. In addition to that, RV visitors can delve deeper into to history with a visit to the Civilian Conservation Corp Museum and Visitor Center.

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Transportation in Fort Frederick State Park

Driving

Fort Frederick State Park runs along the Maryland/West Virginia state line. The Potomac River divides the two states while providing plenty of water sports for the whole family to enjoy. The park is almost two hours north of Washington, D.C.

There are four parking lots in the park with each near a public area. The roads are wide and easy to navigate to the entrance of the park. If you happen to get lost, you can ask one of the staff, who will happily help you find your way. The park has good signage, but it is also recommended to carry a map with you at all times. In order to experience the park better, getting around by bike or foot is best.

In the event of inclement weather, the park may close due to flooding. Please be sure to check the forecast before you travel. If you plan on arriving later than anticipated, be sure to let the park office know. They will provide you with optional ways to check-in and find your site.

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Campgrounds and parking in Fort Frederick State Park

Campsites in Fort Frederick State Park

Reservations camping

Hagerstown / Antietam Battlefield KOA

With Antietam, Gettysburg, and Harpers Ferry Battlefield only a short distance away, make Hagerstown/Antietam Battlefield KOA your home base. For days when you’re not exploring the nearby attractions, spend time on-site floating down the Conococheague Creek beneath the green canopy of falling leaves or take your fishing pole out to the water’s edge. Perhaps get a game of mini golf started with your loved ones after an afternoon at the pool. Indulge your taste buds with classic American cuisine at the Remember When diner, open on the weekends. There’s even a dog park for your pets to burn off some energy. Stay connected with Wi-Fi and cable TV, and keep the fires burning with firewood and propane available on-site for purchase.

Fort Frederick State Park Campground

There are 29 sites available for reservations at Fort Frederick State Park Campground. There are no hookups, but you can find a dumping station and potable water within a mile of the campground. Portable toilets are located nearby. You can use your generator during day time hours. In order to respect other campers, please remember to turn your generator off at night.

The maximum size of an RV allowed is up to 50 feet long. There are only two vehicles allowed at each campsite at one time. Campsite amenities include a picnic table, lantern post, and a fire ring.

You are not allowed to gather firewood from your surroundings, but you can buy them from the Sutler Shop in the park. The park prohibits campers from bringing their own firewood as well. You may stay a limit of 14 days at a time and may reserve a spot up to 11 months in advance. Campsites are open for reservations from May to October.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Fort Frederick State Park

In-Season

Kayaking

Big Pool Lake and the Potomac River are able to accommodate kayaks. You can rent one from the surrounding stores or bring your own. You do not need a special license to take your kayak out on the lake or river. You will, however, need a life jacket and sunscreen. If you plan on finding a few rapids to challenge, be sure to try the upper river. Take a buddy with you and remember to never go on the water after dark.

Boating

Remember to attach your boat to your trailer for a fun boating excursion while you visit the park. The Potomac River is a top destination for boaters in the area. You can park in the southern parking lot and launch your boat from there. Be sure to wear a lifejacket at all times and follow all water regulations. If you plan to spend the day on the river, remember to wear sunscreen and bring a snack with you, in case you get hungry.

Fishing

The Potomac River provides great opportunities to fish the day way. You will need a valid fishing license to participate in any outdoor adventure within the park. The Beaver Pond is a great place for young anglers to learn the trade. They can catch a variety of fishes in this warm water pond such as bass, crappies, catfish, and many more. Be sure to wear a life jacket if you plan to go out on the water. Remember to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the summer's heat.

Off-Season

Geocaching

Geocaching is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy during their RV road trip to Maryland. You will need a pencil, sturdy hiking boots, a GPS capable device, the spirit of a pirate, a water bottle, and a snack. Dogs are allowed on the trails with you as are long as they remain on their leash. Remember to have fun and learn the cache logging rules before you go.

Hiking

Fort Frederick State Park has two trails own and shares a few with C&C National park. You can explore the wetlands on the short Beaver Trail where you can see native wildlife and birds. If you want to hike through an enchanted forest, try your luck on the one-mile Potomac Trail. You can get a map from the main office and learn more about the different animals and spots you can visit. Remember to pack a sturdy pair of walking boots in your campervan. While the trails aren't steep, they can be a bit strenuous for beginners.

Birding

Maryland is home to an assortment of beautiful birds. You can find the state bird, the Baltimore Oriole, or look for the common morning dove that calls the park home. Take your binoculars with you on the trails and a water bottle with you as you explore the world around you. Remember to wear a pair of sturdy hiking boots and pick up a birding list from the main office and use a pen to check off the ones you see.

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