Park Quest 2019


The fort at Fort Frederick State ParkFort Frederick State Park Quest
“The Fort is Pretty Full”: A Prisoners Journey to Fort Frederick 1781

This year’s quest will take you back in time as you read the journal of a family making their way to Fort Frederick. Throughout the Quest you will learn and develop skills in reading, mathematics, art, cartography (map drawing), signing, labor, fashion and even moral choices.

FFSP_Re-enactment.pngWhile Fort Frederick is most famous for its origins as a British Maryland Fort during the French and Indian War, this year’s Quest will be based around the American Revolution when the fort was used as a prisoner of war camp from 1778 to 1783. During that time thousands of British prisoners were held here including hundreds of women and children. These women and children were wives and families of the captured soldiers.

Our story will begin at Yorktown, Virginia in 1781.

Quest Information:

FFSP_Re-enactment.pngYour Park Quest adventure at Fort Frederick State Park will begin in the visitor center. Here you will be given a packet with your trail map, and questions for your hike. Once you leave the visitor center you will follow the story of British prisoners captured during the American Revolution and marched to Fort Frederick. Along the way, you will read excerpts from a journal, and you will answers questions and complete the assigned activities. Once you have reached the Fort take a break and enjoy some of the regularly scheduled daily programs going on in the fort, and afterward finish the activities in your book. When you have finished your book, go to Captain’s Warts concession building for your Park Quest stamp.

The quest trail is approximately 1 mile long and should take about 2 hours to complete. The terrain is varied and uneven in many places. Sturdy walking or hiking shoes are best for this hike. Park staff is available to help anyone with special needs but due to limited staffing you must call the park ahead of time to make accommodations. The quest may be completed Mon – Fri 8am to 4pm and weekends after Memorial Day 9am to 5pm. All quests must be turned in by 4pm weekdays and 5 pm on the weekend. Please allow yourself adequate time to complete your quests. Your park quest passport gets you into the fort for no extra charge. Make sure to bring a camera or digital recorder to capture the fun memories of your day, sunscreen, insect repellant, and water. Pets on a leash are welcome to accompany you on most of your quest but they are not allowed in the buildings or in the Fort.

“The Fort is Pretty Full”: A Prisoners Journey to Fort Frederick 1781

Come for Park Quest but Stay for the Day

There is plenty to do with trails to hike, several bodies of water to fish and a 22 mile long paved bike trail. We also offer a shaded picnic area with lots of tables and playground equipment for your enjoyment. Many different historical and natural programs are given throughout summer. You may call our visitor center at 301-842-82155 for details or visit our website to download a calendar of events. If you like to camp we offer a peaceful campground with 23 unimproved sites situated on the banks of the Potomac River.


Fort Frederick State Park
11100 Big Pool Road
Big Pool, MD 21711

Directions to Fort Frederick

From the east, take I-70 west to Route 56 exit 12. At the end of the ramp make a left and the park entrance is located on the right one mile from the interstate exit.

From the west, take I-68 east to I-70 east to Route 56 exit 12. At the end of the ramp make a right and the park entrance is located on the right one mile from the interstate exit.

If you have any questions you may contact the visitor center at 301-842-2155.

Soldier Reenactor at Fort Frederick State ParkA Little Fort Frederick History

American history from the colonial period to the present can be discovered at Fort Frederick State Park. Our 585 acre park features a unique stone fort that served as Maryland’s frontier defense during the French and Indian War. The fort is unique because of its strong stone wall, large size, and roomy barracks. Fort Frederick also saw service during the American Revolution as a prison for British soldiers. For the next 131 years, the fort and surrounding lands were farmed. During the Civil War, Union troops were often stationed near the fort to guard the C & O Canal. In 1922, the State of Maryland acquired the fort. During the Great Depression of the 1930's, a company of the Civilian Conservation Corps restored the fort and began development of the state park. In 1975, the park reconstructed two soldier’s barracks inside the fort. These barracks are open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on the weekends in the spring and fall. You will find historic exhibits in the Fort barracks, CCC Museum and Visitor Center.