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Walk in the Woods: Frederick Municipal Forest

March 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


What does it mean to protect our drinking water? Join the Frederick City Sustainability Manager as we explore the Municipal Forest of the City of Frederick. The flora, fauna, and natural history of the area will be discussed through the concepts of watershed management, water resources, and drinking water source protection.

Our guide is arborist and tree-devotee, Jenny Willoughby. Jen is a knowledgeable and engaging teacher with extensive knowledge of the region.

Expect to walk about 3 miles on moderate terrain. Please bring your own water bottle, snacks, and bug spray (if needed). Wear layers for warmth as it can get cold in the mountains.

This event is free but please RSVP via the Eventbrite link.

This hike is part of ICPRB’s Walk in the Woods Series produced by the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.

We will be meeting at the Hamburg Blue Lot (directions below) at 9:00am. Please pay careful attention to the directions because cell service is spotty and it can be easy to get lost.

Each participant will be required to complete the following form (copies will be available at the beginning of the hike):


Address for Google Maps: 10420 Hamburg Road, Frederick, Md.

From points south and east:
Follow Route 40 to Gambrill Park Road
Right onto Gambrill Park Road
At the t-intersection, turn right to stay on Gambrill Park Road (left takes you to the Gambrill State Park Tea Room)
Follow Gambrill Park Road through the state park for several miles to Hamburg Road
Turn right onto Hamburg Road
Parking area will be ¼ to ½ mile on the right side—if parking area is full, park on side of road

From Route 15:
Take the Rosemont Avenue exit and head north/west
Rosemont Ave becomes Yellow Springs Road—continue on Yellow Springs
Yellow Springs Road becomes Hamburg Road—continue on Hamburg
Follow Hamburg up the mountain, pass Hamburg Pond on the left
Parking area will be on the left less than ¼ mile from the pond—if parking area is full, park on side of road

From points north:
Take Route 15 to Route 77 heading toward Cunningham Falls State Park
Follow 77 to Catoctin Hollow Road
Turn left onto Catoctin Hollow Road
Turn right onto Mink Farm Road
Mink Farm Road will turn right—stay STRAIGHT onto Tower Road
Follow Tower Road to a Y-junction with Gambrill Park Road, continue straight onto Gambrill Park Road
Follow Gambrill Park Road south to Hamburg Road
Turn left onto Hamburg Road
Parking area will be ¼ to ½ mile on the right side—if parking area is full, park on side of road


March 7
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin


Frederick Watershed
Frederick, Maryland + Google Map