Park Quest 2021 Fort Frederick State Park

The Baltimore Bird

Quest Information

Fort Frederick


From the earliest days of European settlement the Baltimore Oriole has been associated with Maryland. Called the “Baltimore Bird” because its plumage reminded people of the gold and black in the Coat of Arms of Cecil Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, or Lord Baltimore. What bird would best represent your family?

Your Park Quest challenge is to visit Fort Frederick State Park and spend a few hours observing the birds that live there. To see the largest variety of bird species take time to observe in several locations in the park because different birds live in different habitats. Once you have decided why a certain bird best represents your family (each family member could even have their own bird) tell us why - write the story, share pictures and drawings of your bird or even make up your own coat of arms and share it with us at You can also post on Facebook at

  • Availability of Quest: 8 am to Sunset – Memorial Day to October 31, 2010.
  • Location the Quest starts: At any of the parking lots in the park.
  • Approximate Length of Time to Complete: At least 2 hours.
  • Wheelchair or Stroller Accessible: On paved walking paths and the Beaver Pond Trail.
  • Pets Permitted: Yes, leashed.

Park Information:

The centerpiece of Fort Frederick State Park is a unique stone fort that served as Maryland’s frontier defense during the French and Indian War. The 585-acre park borders the Potomac River and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal passes through the park. The park also features a boat launch, campsites, camp store, fishing, flat water canoeing, hiking trails, a playground, and a picnic area.

Marsh area and lake at Fort Frederick State Park

Fort Frederick State Park is located 18 miles west of Hagerstown and one mile south of I-70 near Big Pool (Rt. 56, Exit 12) at 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool MD 21711 For additional information please call 301-842-2155 or the Duty Ranger 443-805-1759.