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Gambrill State Park is a public recreation area located on Catoctin Mountain near the city of Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland. The state park is known for the dramatic views of the surrounding area that can be seen from stone overlooks built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The park is operated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
The park is approximately 51 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. and 53 miles west of Baltimore on Catoctin Mountain. Gambrill Park Road is located approximately six miles away from Frederick on Route 40 West. The park road traverses Catoctin Mountain, and accesses the campground, the trailhead, and the High Knob areas of this park.
The park is named after James H. Gambrill, Jr. (1866-1951), a participant in the grain industry and in Frederick city politics, who was a conservationist and frequent visitor to Catoctin Mountain. In an effort to establish a park, Gambrill convinced his fellow businessmen to purchase the land that now makes up the park and donate it to the city of Frederick. The city then donated the land one year later to the state of Maryland. The state park was dedicated on September 7, 1934. A majority of the park's buildings and structures including its roads, stone overlooks, wooden picnic shelters, Tea Room, and ranger’s residence were constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Before you head to Frederick, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Frederick online trip itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Frederick has to offer, including Gambrill State Park.
Gambrill State Park reviews
We were expecting a nice park based on the high reviews. We drove in and saw a few tent campers and hikers. No water area except for the ducks. Did not see a nice view since we did not hike up...
We were expecting a nice park based on the high reviews. We drove in and saw a few tent campers and hikers. No water area except for the ducks. Did not see a nice view since we did not hike up... more »
Nice hiking trails that are pretty well marked. Very dog friendly. We were going to rent a cabin, like we had in the past, but it was too hot! An incredibly nice Forest Ranger named Mike gave us a...
Nice hiking trails that are pretty well marked. Very dog friendly. We were going to rent a cabin, like we had in the past, but it was too hot! An incredibly nice Forest Ranger named Mike gave us a... more »
Did a nice day trip to this park and loved it! Will need to come back and stay in one of the lovely cabins and hike more of the trails! Very quiet, didn't see many people and the ones we did see were respectful and nice.
We camped here during the week in July. Campground was nice. The sites were tight and road narrow. Camp hosts were welcoming and friendly. Overlooks had great views. They have a trail head parking lot, that was very convenient. A lot of variety in the trails.
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