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“TERRIBLE STAFF AND PARK RANGERS” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Frederick State Park

Fort Frederick State Park
11100 Fort Frederick Rd, Big Pool, MD 21711
301-842-2155
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Big Pool
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Glenn Dale, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“TERRIBLE STAFF AND PARK RANGERS”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

nice place for a day, but not to camp. no shower houses, nasty port-a-jons. the park rangers were at our youth group camp site 3 or more times a day finding random things for us to pay for. saying we couldnt camp there at first because we wasnt a tax exempt organization... we ARE a church youth group! This drama lasted the whole time we were there (3 days) The park ranger yelled at my husband and was very rude to us all. by the time we left we had spend over $150 because of there unexpected "fees". on the educational side of things, things were great with the activities.

Visited May 2013
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Stephens City, Virginia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Interesting Historical site close by”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Looking for a place to let the kids run around, or a quiet & intimate place to take your date to? This can fill both bills. Large and spacious with lots to look at, the 18th Century Stone Fort in along the Potomac River in Western Maryland makes a nice destination. Keep in mind, it's not well developed and it is a restoration, not a museum. Great to walk around if no activities are scheduled. If an activity is scheduled, it's a great way to learn and see life in the 18 and 19th century. Cannon and Musketry demonstrations are sometimes on the agenda as well. Worth your time to visit, and the price is right too!

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Orlando, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Good programs and educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Stopped in when biking the Maryland Rail Trail. They had a demonstation of musket rifle firingand some history of the fort. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. Great visitor center with a huge parking lot.

Visited October 2012
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Middlefield, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Nice!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

The park was in great repair, and although we arrived when it was closed, the maintenance staff allowed us to wander around on our own.

Visited October 2012
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Miami, FL
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Campers beware, lots of noise.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is really a lovely park, as are most state parks, through out my travels, however, this was a horrible place to pitch a tent for the evening. It is literally right across the river from a major train track, on which the trains run every 15 minutes, all through the night, blowing the horns, as they approach the camp area. To add insult to injury, camps "quiet time" is 11pm-7am, so at exactly 7am, a huge industrial tractor, with an industrial leaf blower, comes through the camp sites, blowing leaves. The tractor went back and forth, over and over again. I don't see why this cant wait until 10-11am?? Can people sleep in a little, or is this to get people to pull out and leave as soon as possible, which is what I witnessed people doing. No showers on the property, and the toilets are portable, not that that made a difference, it was just the noise issue that gives this park a poor rating. Other than that, the grounds are clean and well kept, hence the leaf blower at 7am.

Visited October 2012
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