“located on the ridge of the Catocin Mountains”
Gambrill State Park is a beautiful mountain park, located on the ridge of the Catoctin Mountains in Frederick County. Its most popular feature is the 16 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The park is separated into two areas, the Rock Run area and the High Knob area. From the 1600-foot High Knob, three stone overlooks offer breathtaking views of the Frederick and Middletown Valleys then continue to the northern reaches of the Shenandoah Mountains. The High Knob area also offers wooded picnic areas, three picnic shelters, and a large stone lodge, called the Tea Room. The picnic shelters and the Tea Room are available for reservation. The Rock Run area offers a cozy family-style campground, a picnic area, and a small pond for fishing. Gambrill State Park was named in honor of the late James H. Gambrill, Jr., a well-known citizen of Frederick. Mr. Gambrill was a conservationist who first brought attention to the beauty of the area in the early 1900’s. He believed that it was in the public’s best interest to develop the area into a park. Following his lead, a group of local citizens joined together to purchase the land. The group then donated the land to the City of Frederick to be used for a park. The City of Frederick soon-after gave the land to the State of Maryland for the development of Gambrill State Park.
LOVED this park. This beautiful place must be kept a secret here in Maryland because it was almost empty during our stay. we stayed in one of the minicabins, which was clean and comfortable. we seen many different wild animals during our visit. my favorite being the mother deer with the twin fawns. many squirrels, bunnies, chipmunks, birds of all kinds, a raccoon, and LOTS of deer. park is quiet and the sky view at night was gorgeous, so many stars.
check in was difficult even with reservations, the park rangers are running more than one park so we had to wait for our codes to the cabin, but the rangers checked on us and drove thru alot while we were there so our timing must have been off when we arrived.
the bath house is very nice with large showers that have a nice bench in them, they were clean and tidy(except for the spiderwebs and spiders but im sure they are hard to keep up with)
i will definitely be staying in Gambrill again! if you get a chance to visit Gambrill make sure you make the drive to the top of the mountain to the lookouts! and oh there are may geocaches in Gambrill and not many muggles!
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