Fort Frederick State Park Quest - Opportunity Abounds

Introduction To Quest

The fort at Fort Frederick State ParkWhile Fort Frederick State Park is mainly known for its historic 1756 fort, there are many other activities available in the park. Through a variety of outdoor activities this year's Park Quest will help you take advantage of other outdoor opportunities the park has to offer.

Quest Information

Start your quest by checking in at the Fort Frederick State Park Visitor Center. The quest is available from June 1st through Labor Day. You can download the activity pages from this website. The Quest may be completed seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please allow yourself adequate time to complete your Quest. Your Park Quest Passport gets you into the fort for no extra charge. The terrain is varied and uneven in places. Sturdy walking or hiking shoes are best for the hike. Make sure to bring sunscreen, insect repellant, and water. Pets on a leash are welcome to accompany you on most of your Quest but they are not allowed in the buildings or in the fort. Most quest activities are stroller accessible.

A little Fort Frederick History

American history from the colonial period to the present can be discovered at Fort Frederick State Park. Our 585 acre park features a unique stone fort that served as Maryland’s frontier defense during the French and Indian War. The fort is unique because of its strong stone wall, large size, and roomy barracks. Fort Frederick also saw service during the American Revolution as a prison for British soldiers. For the next 131 years, the fort and surrounding lands were farmed. During the Civil War, Union troops were often stationed near the fort to guard the C & O Canal. In 1922, the State of Maryland acquired the fort. During the Great Depression of the 1930's, a company of the Civilian Conservation Corps restored the fort and began development of the state park. In 1975, the park reconstructed two soldier’s barracks inside the fort. These barracks are open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on the weekends in the spring and fall. You will find historic exhibits in the Fort barracks, CCC Museum and Visitor Center.

Fort Frederick State Park
11100 Big Pool Road
Big Pool, MD 21711

Directions to Fort Frederick State Park

  • From the east take I-70 west to Route 56 exit 12. At the end of the ramp make a left and the park entrance is located on the right one mile from the interstate exit.
  • From the west take I-68 east to I-70 east to Route 56 exit 12. At the end of the ramp make a right and the park entrance is located on the right one mile from the interstate exit.