Fort Frederick State Park is located in the Cumberland Valley, 18 miles west of Hagerstown and one mile south of I-70 near Big Pool (Rt. 56, Exit 12). The park is 88 miles from Baltimore and 81 miles from Washington, D.C.
Fort Frederick State Park11100 Fort Frederick RoadBig Pool MD 21711
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Fort Frederick State Park is located in Washington County, off Route 70 Exit 12 (Big Pool). Travel one mile east on State Route 56 to the park's entrance.
8 a.m. to Sunset, April-October
10 a.m. to Sunset, November-March
Pets are allowed in Fort Frederick State Park in the following areas:
Fort Frederick State Park serves as the headquarters for a complex of facilities that includes:
Closures for Market Fair 2018:
April 23rd to April 29 - Campground closed
April 25th - Park closed for event set-up
April 26th to April 29th - No vehicle access to picnic area, C&O Canal towpath, Potomac River, Beaver Pond and Big Pool. Those who wish to use the park for recreation or fishing (no boat access) may pay the service fee and walk into the park.
At the visitor center, our helpful and courteous staff can provide you with information about the park and the surrounding area. Visitors can view a 10 minute orientation film, Legacy of Fort Frederick, upon request. The visitor center houses exhibits highlighting the park’s history, including:
Nestled in a wooden glen, the picnic area provides the perfect setting for a relaxing family gathering. Features include:
Campground is open for self-contained camping units only. No water or portable toilet
available. Tent camping re-opens April 2018. Camping is available along the Potomac River. Features include:
Big Pool Lake lies within Fort Frederick State Park. Big Pool is a natural depression that was filled with water when the C & O Canal was created. Big Pool provides excellent opportunities for both the angler and boater. Gas motors are prohibited on Big Pool. A boat ramp provides access for canoes and other boats. Big Pool is primarily a warm water fishery, offering good fishing for species such as largemouth bass, catfish, carp, bluegill, and many others.
The Beaver Pond is a perfect place for young anglers to try out their skills. Bank fishing provides families a safe place to catch a variety of fish species.
The Potomac River runs along the southern edge of the park. It provides excellent opportunities for boating and fishing. It and can be accessed by a foot path located across from the Beaver Pond parking lot. The foot path is suitable for carrying a lightweight canoe or kayak.
Fort Frederick State Park offers several hiking opportunities.
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