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Gathland State Park and War Correspondents

Historical Sites, Museums

Hiking

Jefferson, MD

Gathland State Park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. It is the site of a unique collection of buildings and structures that he designed and constructed, some of which have been restored.

Gambrill State Park

National & State Parks

Biking, Camping, Hiking, Horse Country

Frederick, MA

Gambrill State Park, located west of Frederick, provides miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails with stunning overlooks of the surrounding area. A 34-campsite, four-camper cabin campground is available seasonally. See beautiful views from three overlooks, picnic shelters for rent, and the Tearoom, available for reservations. Some facilities are handicapped accessible.

Cunningham Falls State Park

Historical Sites

Camping, Canoeing, Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Thurmont, MD

The Park is known for its history and scenic beauty, as well as its 78-foot cascading waterfall (locally known as McAfee Falls) – the largest cascading waterfall in the State of Maryland. The park was originally part of the Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area created by the federal government in 1936, to demonstrate the restoration of […]

Bull Run Mountains Nature Preserve

Historical Sites

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Broad Run, VA

Straddling the Fauquier/Prince William County line, the Preserve occupies 2,486 acres of rocky ridges and steep valleys. The varied topography and geology of the site yield several forest and woodland community types with excellent wildlife viewing.

Battle of Kettle Run

Battle Sites, Historical Sites

Hiking

Nokesville, VA

As Stonewall Jackson’s troops occupied and looted the railroad junction at Manassas Aug 27, 1862, Federal forces approached his rear guard at Kettle Run. The Confederates there managed to delay the Union force before withdrawing to the junction and then to the old Manassas battlefield. Visible 24-hours a day.

Antietam National Battlefield

Battle Sites, Historical Sites

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Sharpsburg, MD

Antietam was the Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History. 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Virginia Outdoor Foundation’s Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve (VOF-BRMNAP)

Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Broad Run, VA

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve (VOF-BRMNAP) is open to public visitation on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (year-round). The site is a State designated natural area preserve dedicated to preserving the cultural and natural resources contained therein. As a result, dogs and bicycles are not allowed.

Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park

Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Aldie, VA
gilbert's corner regional park main sign with details about the park

Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park includes over 155 acres of rolling countryside and mowed paths for walking over this historic landscape. The Eliza Davis Bluebird Trail features several nesting houses and is named for the Civil War-era lady who lived on the property and wrote of being “an eyewitness to war” on the home front for […]