Frederick is a massive, national Forest located in the middle of the state of Maryland.
The forest is accessible off Gambrill Park Road. It’s really a nice ride into the forest along Old Baltimore Pike. I also took a nice turn off on Fishers Hollow Road road that wound me through some small town and straight up hill. It was kind of a fun ride.
Unfortunately I was just passing through Frederick and didn’t have all day to stay. There were so many trails for hikers and biking, I just decided to pick one and take a walk into the woods.
I wound up pulling into a spot off Gambrill Park Road and grabbed one of the first parking cut outs I saw.
The walk was nice, the path clearly marked. I saw a couple bikers go past me as I strolled. It was mid-to-late summer so there was good wildlife around; a good number of butterflies and small trees and bushes provided great backgrounds for macro insect photography.
I saw at least one hawk along the path’s trees as well, but he managed to bail before I got on him. Good bird life, but very tall trees (as you might expect) so pack a good zoom lens if you’re thinking of birding.
Overall, Frederick was a nice trip to a good area, and not too far of a ride from some major Maryland cities like Baltimore or Cumberland. It’s definitely worth a trip for more than the hour or two I spent. I’d like the opportunity to walk some more trails.