Frederick and Western Maryland

Frederick is a great home base for exploring the region's lush mountain forests, powerful national battlefields, and quaint historic towns.

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  • 1. Antietam National Battlefield


    Time has returned Antietam National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest one-day battle of the Civil War, to its tranquil antebellum appearance...Read More

  • 2. Boonsborough Museum of History


    Doug Bast, a local historian and founder of the Boonsborough Museum of History, never gave up his boyhood habit of collecting unusual curios...Read More

  • 3. C&O Canal National Historical Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This park is the starting point for walking and biking the towpath, and taking tours on replica canal boats. Markers set occasionally along...Read More

  • 4. Casselman River Bridge


    By the time you spot the picturesque Casselman River Bridge, you're almost in Grantsville. This single-span stone arch bridge ½ mi east of town...Read More

  • 5. Catoctin Mountain Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Nearly 6,000 acres of thick pine forests, rocky ledges, and magnificent views make Catoctin a true retreat. America's presidents apparently...Read More

  • 6. Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo


    About 6 mi from Catoctin Mountain Park, this preserve/zoo holds more than 350 animals on some 30 acres. The zoo is easily navigated by children...Read More

  • 7. Community Bridge Mural

    Public Art

    From an outstretched hand to a Constellation shaped like a drinking gourd, dozens of images and symbols are woven into this sweeping and remarkable...Read More

  • 8. Cunningham Falls State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Located in the Catoctin Mountains, this state park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts: there's hiking, fishing, and a crystal clear man-made...Read More

  • 9. Deep Creek Lake State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The 1,818-acre Deep Creek Lake State Park hugs the eastern shore of the lake and has a public boat launch, small beach with lifeguards (in summer...Read More

  • 10. Discovery Station and Hagerstown Aviation Museum


    A full-size model of a triceratops skull welcomes you to the Discovery Station and Hagerstown Aviation Museum, the first hands-on science museum...Read More

  • 11. Emmanuel Episcopal Church and Parish Hall

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Of particular interest is the Emmanuel Episcopal Church and Parish Hall. Built in 1849–50 on the site of the former Fort Cumberland, this historic...Read More

  • 12. Fort Frederick

    Military Sight

    Along the Potomac River stands Fort Frederick, the only remaining stone fort from the French and Indian War. Built in 1756 and named after Frederick...Read More

  • 13. Frederick Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

    After more than three decades in a previous location, a new Frederick Visitor Center is expected to open in early 2011 near the new I–70 interchange...Read More

  • 14. George Washington's Headquarters

    Notable Building

    In a log cabin about the size of an ice-cream stand, the man who would become America's first president mapped out strategies during the French...Read More

  • 15. Gordon-Roberts House

    Historic Home

    Josiah Roberts, the one-time president of the C&O Canal, commissioned this Second Empire–style house on fashionable Washington Street in...Read More

  • 16. Green Ridge State Forest


    At 46,000 acres, Green Ridge State Forest—part of the Allegheny Mountain chain—is the state's second-largest forest, stretching from Pennsylvania...Read More

  • 17. Hager House and Museum

    Historic Home

    In 1739 Jonathan Hager, an adventurous young German immigrant, built a stone home over two springs in a virgin forest. The Hager House and Museum...Read More

  • 18. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum


    Dubbed "Hub City" due to its importance to the Western Maryland and Baltimore & Ohio railroads, Hagerstown has a rich railway history. It...Read More

  • 19. Harpers Ferry


    Along the cobblestone streets of the town abolitionist John Brown made famous, costumed interpreters in 19th-century homes and storefronts...Read More

  • 20. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    At the stunning convergence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, the town of Harpers Ferry—just over the border in West Virginia—played a key...Read More

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