Park Quest 2021 Fort Frederick State Park

Women in Conservation

sun shining through the forest on the Tree Plantation Trail

Quest Information


Along the Plantation Trail you will discover the stories of Alice Burnside Paret Dorsey, the local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution and how their conservation efforts contributed to the establishment of Fort Frederick State Park. In addition to this, see how the Maryland Park Service continues the legacy of women in conservation and how this park and region have strong leaders who just happen to be women. The trail is just over one mile in length.

To complete this adventure, please hike the trail and enjoy the interpretive panels that are based on local conservation history in Maryland. Take the “additional attractions route” (purple) to see if you can discover other interesting areas of the park. There are three park conservation related sites near the Fort. Please share your thoughts concerning Women in Conservation with us at You can also post on Facebook at

Corner of the fort with brush and woods off in the distance
  • Availability of Quest: 8 am to Sunset – Memorial Day to October 31, 2010
  • Location the Quest starts: Park Visitor Center
  • Approximate Length of Time to Complete: At least 2 hours
  • Wheelchair or Stroller Accessible: Wheelchair – No / Stroller with large wheels
  • 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.

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.