Worth the Hike: Stunning Scenic Overlooks

Posted in: Outdoor Adventure, Family Fun, Scenic Drives, Historic Cities & Towns

Frederick County lies within both the Piedmont Plateau and the Blue Ridge mountains. What does this mean for you? The high ridges and hills of Frederick County provide some of the most stunning natural views in the state of Maryland. Climb these high rocky vistas to see the deep greens and blues of Frederick County and the surrounding region.  

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Gambrill State Park 

Three overlooks within this state park give stunning views of both Downtown Frederick and the Middletown Valley. This “High Knob” area of the park features views of the clustered spires of bustling Frederick City and the gently rolling hills and farms on the western slope of Catoctin Mountain.

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Washington Monument State Park 

The original monument to President George Washington was built in 1827 by the residents of Boonsboro, in Washington County. The 34 foot tall monument now provides incredible views of Washington County including Antietam National Battlefield, the meandering Potomac River, and the entire Hagerstown area. This sight is well worth the short hike to the summit of this historical site.

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Catoctin Mountain Park 

The Catoctin Mountain above Thurmont has seen the likes of many different industries, including iron forging and bootlegging. Today, the roughly 5,800 acre park features meandering trails and offers a variety of overlooks for the interested traveler. Hiking to the tops of the Thurmont Vista, Chimney Rock, or the Blue Ridge Summit overlook will give you a sweeping view of the Appalachian Mountain ranges and everything in between.

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Sugarloaf Mountain 

This mountain can be seen from throughout Frederick County and the surrounding area. Jutting out from the middle of a large valley, Sugarloaf Mountain presents astounding views of the area miles around. Located at the southern end of Frederick County, the 1,212 foot summit gives a nearly 360 degree view of the surrounding Maryland countryside including views of Downtown Frederick and nearby Montgomery County.

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Scenic Drives 

Take any number of drives throughout Frederick County and you'll soon realize you are in a beautiful country. Historic homes, bridges, and sites surround you. The majestic Catoctin and South Mountain ranges lie in the distance. Would you really want to be anywhere else?