Trail Mix

Custodian With a dry mop in a hallway

By Olivia Millunzi, Heritage Frederick

High Knob in Gambrill State Park features trails that offer three overlooks of the Frederick and Middletown valleys. The park was named for James H. Gambrill Jr., a Frederick conservationist who gathered locals to purchase the land to form a park in the early 1900s. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps built most of the picnic shelters and the Tea Room, a native-stone building used for community events and a monthly open house.

This postcard is from a 1939 vacationing couple named Dick and Doris—their last names do not appear—and mailed to Dayton, Ohio. Dick and Doris’ message reads: “Hello Folks, Gee Marie this sure is some sights to see. Are the mts ever beautiful, but it sure can rain. We sure are having a grand time. It sure is odd to see how they do some things.”

In order to see this view for yourself, you’ll want to take the 3.3-mile-long Black Ash hiking trail, which is classified as moderately difficult. Families with younger children may want to start on the White Oak trail, which is a 1-mile-long, mostly flat trail classified as easy. Keep in mind that all trails in Gambrill, except the White Oak trail, are open to horseback riding and mountain biking; leashed dogs are allowed on all trails.

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