Trip Planner:   USA  /  Maryland  /  Frederick  /  Gambrill State Park

Gambrill State Park, Frederick

#18 of 43 in Things to do in Frederick
Park · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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.
Create an itinerary including Gambrill State Park
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Gambrill State Park reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
69 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...  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...  more »
  • This was our first time hiking here. We hiked the Yellow Trail, which is a 7 mile trail, but not too difficult. Lots of shade so we didn't suffer too much in the heat and humidity. We parked at the Rock Run site, which had a nice pond for fishing, clean bathrooms, and lots of picnic tables and shade. We had to walk up to the Camping part of the road to catch the Red Trail that leads to the Yellow. Great time!
  • Great swimming. Great hikes. Needs a good food place. Could use more parking. Great for kids. Bought perm pass to save money.
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance