Summary: Start this hike at the Visitor Center where you can see a short demonstration of what the battle was all about. Pick up some brochures. There are four trails can be reached by car. Proceed out of the visitor center lot. Turn left, cross the river, and then right onto Araby Church Road. Turn right onto Baker Valley Road. Parking for the Thomas Farm trail is on the right. Proceed on Baker Valley Road. Turn right immediately after passing under Interstate 270. Proceed to the parking area within sight of the Worthington House. From here you can walk the Ford Loop and Brooks Hill Loop trails. Pick up brochures at each parking area to get details of what happened there.
Note that the visitor center is in a new location. Some reference web sites show the old location south of the river.
Trailhead: From the South (Washington): Use I-270 northbound to Exit 26 (Maryland Route 80, Urbana). Turn left onto Route 80 (east) and proceed two-tenths of a mile to traffic circle. Take circle 3/4 of the way around following road to intersection with Route 355. Turn left onto Route 355 North (Urbana Pike). The Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center is located on the right, approximately 4.6 miles north on Route 355, 5201 Urbana Pike.
For directions from Baltimore and Hagerstown, go to the NPS web site at www.nps.gov/mono (Lat:39.367738 Lon:-77.39514)
Trail Guides for Monocacy National Battlefield Trails:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Visitor info: (301) 662-3515
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Richard Denton, who has posted 22 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by GW on 9/10/2008
For those looking for a hike that's close to home in the Frederick area, this is a quiet and peaceful area. I use the trails off of Baker Valley Road (Worthington Farm). It's a combination of rocky ridges, open pasture and a trail along the Monocacy River. If you combine the two trails and do a "figure 8", you're looking at about 3+ miles. If you want more distance (which I prefer), just do it twice. Gravel road off of Baker Valley leads to the farmhouse and the trails are marked very well. You can pick up maps at the vistor's center. I use this location regularly during the week to maintain my strength and endurance for longer hikes on the weekend. Easy to moderate hike with some inclines in spots.
Reviewed by Don on 3/14/2008
A short, but pretty hike. A good starter hike for kids.
Reviewed by sue on 10/22/2006
Ken and I walked a part of the trails this morning. There's a 0.5 mile hike out of the parking lot at Gambrill Mill Visitor Center that was wheelchair accessible. We also took the 1.9 mile Worthington-McKinney Ford trail. We enjoyed the fall hike along the Monocacy River, with the trees changing colors.
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