Monocacy National Battlefield

Map of TRACK Trail through Monocacy National Battlefield

The Monocacy National Battlefield TRACK Trail follows the 1.5 mile Worthington Ford Loop. This trail features scenic views of the Monocacy River and interpretive panels about the Worthington Farm and the Civil War history here.

In the summer of 1864, General Jubal Early led Confederate forces towards Washington, D.C. and threatened to capture the capital city. On July 9, Union troops under General Lew Wallace met Early's forces on the banks of the Monocacy. At Monocacy National Battlefield, visitors can experience this and other stories of the past in a landscape that has changed little since the 19th century.

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Collectible sticker for Monocacy National Battlefield

Location Details

Recreational Features: Interpretive Programs, Birding
Amenities: Restrooms, Visitor Center
ADA Compliant:
Seasonality:
Baby fox in woods
Path through forest
Fawn laying in underbrush
Fall colors along fence-lined road
Cannon in field
Rocky creek
Bluebell flowers
Four deer in a field

Adventures for Monocacy National Battlefield

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Hiking

Monocacy: Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.50
The Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From hummingbird hand-swings to lizard pushups, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.
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Hiking

Monocacy: Birds

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.50
The Birds of the Greater Washington DC Area brochure shows kids where to look for different birds along the trail. The brochure contains illustrations of some of the more common woodland birds and information on how to identify them through various clues.
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Hiking

Monocacy: Hide n' Seek

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.50
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
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Hiking

Monocacy: Natures Relationships

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.50
In the Nature's Relationships brochure you will discover how everything in nature is connected... even us. As you walk along the trail, the brochure will tell you a story about a few of the relationships that can be found. Many more relationships exist, so keep your eyes and heart open and you will discover many of nature's relationships - even yours.

Directions

5201 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
Latitude: 39.374204900000
Longitude: -77.395266000000

Click here for official map and directions

Visitor Center: 301-662-3515

From the North (U.S. 15), or West (Hagerstown):

Using I-70 eastbound, take Exit 54 (Market Street/Rt. 85). Bear right on Rt. 85 toward Buckeystown, then turn left (south) at the second traffic light onto Rt. 355 (Urbana Pike). The Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center is located approximately 1.5 miles on the left, 5201 Urbana Pike.

From the East (Baltimore):

Using I-70 westbound, take Exit 54 (Market Street/Rt. 85). Bear left (south) on Rt. 85 toward Buckeystown, then turn left (south) at the second traffic light onto Rt. 355 (Urbana Pike). The Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center is located approximately 1.5 miles on the left, 5201 Urbana Pike.

From the South (Washington):

Use I-270 northbound to I-70 eastbound. Take Exit 54 (Market Street/Rt. 85). Bear right on Rt. 85 toward Buckeystown, then turn left (south) at the second traffic light onto Rt. 355 (Urbana Pike). The Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center is located approximately 1.5 miles on the left, 5201 Urbana Pike.

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The Monocacy National Battlefield TRACK Trail was made possible by a partnership between the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program. This project was financed in part by the National Park Service’s CONNECT TRAILS TO PARKS program, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System in 2018.