Fort Frederick State Park Quest


The Ever Changing Landscape

Introduction To Quest

The fort at Fort Frederick State ParkDiscover how the landscape surrounding Fort Frederick has changes over the past 260 years. The construction of Fort Frederick in 1756 began to reshape the landscape and with it the animals and plants that surrounded the fort. The environment of the western frontier also altered how the European powers fighting over the vast natural resources conducted warfare. Prepare to be transported back in time to discover Maryland’s ever changing landscape.

Quest Information

Start your quest by checking in at the Fort Frederick State Park Visitor Center to receive your park quest booklet. Then follow the park quest trail signs to complete your quest. Finish the quest at Captain Wort’s Store by presenting your completed booklet to get your passport stamped. The Quest trail is approximately 1.5 miles long (round trip) and should take about 2 hours to complete. The terrain is varied and uneven in many places. Sturdy walking or hiking shoes are best for this hike. Park staff is available to help anyone with special needs but due to limited staffing you must call the park in advance to make accommodations. 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. Make sure to bring a camera or digital recorder to capture the fun memories of your day, 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.

Park information

Come for Park Quest but stay for the day. There is plenty to do with trails to hike, several bodies of water to fish and a 23 mile long paved bike trail. We also offer a shaded picnic area with lots of tables and playground equipment for your enjoyment. Many different historical and natural programs are given throughout summer. You may call our visitor center for details or download a calendar of events.

If you like to camp we offer a peaceful campground with 23 unimproved sites situated on the banks of the Potomac River.

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.
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