From mountain views to vibrant Main Street communities, Frederick County has all you could want out of a scenic Maryland getaway. Located less than an hour from major cities like Baltimore and D.C., you won’t have to drive far to escape to your outdoor retreat. Whether you’re looking to hike, bike, fish, or camp, there’s plenty to explore in the area.
Get things going with freshly made doughnuts, apple pie-stuffed french toast, or a breakfast sandwich from Glory Dough & Diner in Downtown Frederick. Ease yourself into the day with a warmup hike to Maryland’s largest cascading waterfall in Cunningham Falls State Park. If you’re looking for a more challenging jaunt, the stunning vista at Chimney Rock in Catoctin Mountain Park is well worth the effort.
After your hike, drive out to the Roddy Road Covered Bridge, picnic by the creek, and take in the scenic beauty. Then it’s time to satisfy your sweet tooth’s cravings. Wander the rows of apple trees and aisles of the farm market at Catoctin Mountain Orchard. Make sure to pick up a delicious pie to go while you’re there or swing by Gateway Candy for an array of ice cream flavors, fresh fudge, and over 500 varieties of candy.
Head into Downtown Frederick for dinner at Gambrill Mt. Food Co., featuring an extensive food and drink menu as well as live music throughout the year. Grab a drink or two from Attaboy Barrel House before turning in for the night at one of the nationally branded hotels in the area.
Cover photo: Chimney Rock in Catoctin Mountain Park. Photos courtesy Visit Frederick