Fort Frederick State Park

Aerial view of Fort Frederick State Park


Contact: 301-842-2155
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Washington County

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

Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset, April-October
10 a.m. to sunset, November-March

2022 Calendar of Events​

Gate of the fort at Fort Frederick

​The centerpiece of the Fort Frederick State Park is a unique stone fort that served as Maryland’s frontier defense during the French and Indian War. Built in 1756, the fort's stone wall and two barracks have been restored to their 1758 appearance. Historic exhibits are in the fort, barracks, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum and visitor center. The fort barracks are open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on the weekends in the spring and fall, when staff and volunteers dress in period clothing and occupy the fort, demonstrating daily life in the 18th century. 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, a picnic area and large pavilion. Group tours are available seasonally.

Self Guided Activities! - The park staff thought we’d bring the fort and natural history to you through Activity Booklets, and self guided Walking Tours and Hikes. Some of these you can do at home while others you need to come see us at the park. Please print them out before you visit. Self Guided Walking Tours are available in the Explore Visitor Guide which is also available at the park. If you have any questions or would like to share pictures or thoughts on your experience please call the park at (301) 842-2155 or send us an email at We hope you enjoy these Activity Booklets, and self guided Walking Tours and Hikes and hope to see you soon! Click here to go to the Self Guided Activities for Fort Frederick State Park.

Archery Deer Hunting comes to Fort Frederick State Park.

Like many other state parks Fort Frederick now offers archery hunters a 250 acre hunting area. Hunting is by reservation only. Please follow the Hunting link below from more details, a hunting area map and how to make reservations.

The Green Trail passes through the hunting area and the wearing of fluorescent orange, fluorescent pink or bright colors is recommended for trail users during archery hunting season.

2021 – 2022 Archery Deer Hunting Season - September 10, 2021 – February 3, 2022


Civilian Conservation Corps re-building Fort FrederickOne Fort, Three Wars

The stone fort built in 1756 protected Maryland’s frontier settlers during the French and Indian War. The fort saw service during the American Revolution as a prison for British soldiers. 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 and in the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps restored the fort walls and began development of the state park.

Click here to learn more about the Civilian Conservation Corps in Maryland Parks.

Throughout the year, the park features events and re-enactments that mark Fort Frederick's long and colorful history.