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Fort Frederick State Park

11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool, MD 21711, USA

The restored stone fort, built in 1756, was the cornerstone of Maryland's defense during the French and Indian War. The site served as a Union garrison and was attacked by a Confederate detachment on Christmas Day 1861. The Union garrison repulsed the attack and was later withdrawn from the area. Exhibits interpret the history of the park from the English Colonial period through the Civilian Conservation Corps restoration in the 1930s.


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Located 18 miles west of Hagerstown, Maryland. From I-70 take exit 12 at Big Pool; proceed 1.5 miles east on Maryland 56; park is on the right-hand side of the road.

Visitor Services

Historic interpretation, visitor center and orientation film, exhibits, snacks and gifts, rest rooms, handicapped access, camping, picknicking, hiking, boat rentals, fishing

Regular Events

Call about military reenactments and other events throughout the year.

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Admission Fee

Day use service charge: year-round residents $3.00/vehicle, out of state $5.00/vehicle. Additional charges for campsite and shelter use (see website).


April - October: 8:00AM - sunset November - March: 10:00AM - sunset



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