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“Tough Biking - Hidden Jem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gambrill State Park

Gambrill State Park
Frederick, MD 21702
(301) 271-7574
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Ranked #10 of 22 attractions in Frederick
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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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“Tough Biking - Hidden Jem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

This has got to be considered a hidden jem. Even on 4th of July weekend, it was not very busy. Lots of trails at different rates of difficulty for bikers and hikers. Note to bikers - they are some pretty serious trails, even the moderate are pretty difficult - we did the green and the red - a good portion of the green was walking - where as red was a little more manageable.

I cant wait to go back and hike the black on foot. Everything is very well blazed and marked. There are lots of beautiful picnic spots with grills, and over-look views. It was pretty cool in temperature even on a hot day because of all the shade. The spring located at the top of the green trail is a great place to refresh yourself on a hot summer hike.

We camped for the weekend at Cunningham Falls, but drove to look at Gambrill campsites. They were pretty rough, at least compared to Cunningham falls - a lot of the pads were overgrown, there didnt seem to be enough space for a big tent, and lots of the spots were in full sun. I would recommend NOT tent camping here unless you like it really rugged - from what it looked like driving by the sites.

The area is really great - you can combine this park with a weekend and also check out Cunningham Falls, and Catoctin, and also downtown Thurmont and Frederick.

Cant wait to go back and explore more!

Visited July 2013
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

I cannot get enough of Gambrill. They have several trails, ranging from 1 mile to 26 (although the 26 mile trail actually stretches across several state parks). All trails loop around so that you always finish where you start.

And for the non-hiker, there are several covered areas for picnics and three gorgeous scenic views that look over Frederick.

Visited June 2013
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Huntsville, Alabama
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“Gambrill State Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

The state park located in Frederick, md. Is very pleasant and has wonderful views from it's heights. The park is nice and cool on hot days and is very pleasant.

Visited June 2013
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Huntington, New York
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“nice walk in the woods”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

great views of the surrounding county, nice place to walk and stretch one's legs after a long car ride

Visited June 2013

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