I have always thought that the National Park Service (NPS) does a great job. It is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. They have initiated the “Find Your Park” centennial campaign, which is designed to introduce the national park system to more Americans.
NPS is inviting each one of us to discover our own personal connection to parks. So much more than vast scenic landscapes, there are urban parks, cultural treasures, and historical places – all within the National Park System. NPS claims that “…with more than 400 national parks and thousands of historic and recreational lands across the country, there are endless ways for you to find your own unique connection.”
Frederick County is home to eight National Park Service units and nearly 100 National Register properties and historic districts, including:
- Monocacy National Battlefield
- Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park
- Catoctin Mountain Park (including Camp David)
- Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area
- Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail
There are also six Maryland State Park properties in the county:
- Cunningham Falls State Park
- Gambrill State Park
- Gathland State Park
- Greenbrier State Park
- Monocacy River Natural Resources Management Area
- South Mountain State Park
From hiking trails to mature forests, to babbling waterfalls, these bucolic settings have something for everyone.
So you should have no trouble finding “your park” while staying at the Frederick Inn Bed and Breakfast.