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FORT FREDERICK STATE PARK

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GREEN RIDGE STATE FOREST

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LOCATION - To reach Fort Frederick State Park from Big Pool and the intersection of 1-70 and Maryland 56, go south one mile on Maryland 56.

 

Green Ridge State Forest is 20 miles east of Cumberland. Take Exit 65 from U.S. 40/48.

 

FEATURES - Fort Frederick, constructed in 1756, has the best preserved original stone fort in America. It was constructed to protect settlers during the French and Indian War. It was named for Frederick Calvert, Lord Baltimore, who was the last descendant of the original chartered proprietor of Maryland. Remnants of the historic C&O Canal are on the park grounds.

 

ACTIVITIES - At Fort Frederick you can camp in the 28-site campground where limited camping supplies are available. Attend a campfire program. Go pan fishing in Big Pool and boating or flatwater canoeing on the Potomac River with rentals available. Rent a bicycle to go cycling.

 

Tour the museum to learn about the fort's restoration and stroll through two restored barracks and the garrison garden, looking as they did in 1756. Costumed guides offer tours during the summer. The museum is open from early April through early November and the fort is open from 8:30 to sunset. During the winter, go cross-country skiing, ice fishing, sledding, and ice skating.

 

A section of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is located 8 miles south of Cumberland off Maryland 51. The national park encompasses part of the 184-mile canal constructed along the Potomac River between Washington D.C. and Cumberland, Maryland. The canal was built between 1828

 

and 1850 and stopped operating in 1924. Now visitors can go hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, canoeing, boating, and fishing. Explore the canal museum at Great Falls, Maryland, and take a mule-drawn barge ride from mid-Anril through October. For reservations, call 301-299-2613.

 

At Green Ridge State Forest, camp in one of 118 campsites and purchase groceries. Go bass fishing in the Potomac River and boating from the ramp.

 

In Cumberland, attend Heritage Days in early June and the C&O Canal Boat Festival in late August. Take a self-guided tour of the Washington Street Historic District. Brochures are available. For information, call 301-777-5905.

 

Incoming pilots can land at Cumberland Regional Airport located 2 miles south of the city. Rental cars are available.

 

INFORMATION

Green Ridge State Forest                                    Fort Frederick State Park

Cumberland, Maryland 21502                                Route 1, P.O. Box 177

301-777-2345                                                      Big Pool, Maryland 21711

                                                                              telephone 301-842-2155

Green Ridge State Forest on the map.  How to get there and what to see in the Green Ridge State Forest, Maryland. Description of the attractions of the Green Ridge State Forest