Why is the Battle of Monocacy known as the "Battle that Saved Washington, D.C.?"
On July 9, 1864, Union troops at Monocacy Junction delayed a Confederate force of superior strength for a day -- long enough that Washington, D.C. defenses could be strengthened. The Union lost the Battle of Monocacy, but saved the capital city.
There is no public transportation to the battlefield, so directions and a map are available online.
How many people visit the battlefield each year?
43,095 people visited Monocacy National Battlefield in 2013.
Where do I begin my visit?
We recommend starting your visit at the Visitor Center, located at 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick, Maryland 21704 (GPS Address Only).
What are the Visitor Center hours?
The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.
Do you have a movie?
No, however, the Visitor Center features an eight-minute fiberoptic map presentation as well as an array of interactive exhibits.
How many trails does the park have?
There are six walking trails totaling just over seven miles within the battlefield boundary. Click here for more information.
How late are the trails open?
Trails and the park both close 20 minutes after the sun sets, daily.
How much does it cost to get into the park?
There are no fees at Monocacy National Battlefield.
NOTE - Because Monocacy is a fee-free park, we do not sell America the Beautiful passes (Annual, Senior, Access, etc.). These passes can be obtained at nearby National Park units, such as Antietam National Battlefield or Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
Can I bring my pet?
Leashed pets are welcome, but are not allowed inside the Visitor Center (except for service animals).
Can I ride a horse or bicycle on the trails?
Horseback riding and cycling are not allowed on the battlefield's trails. Due to safety concerns, such activities are strongly discouraged on the public thoroughfares that bisect the park.
Are there picnic or campgrounds available?
There are no campgrounds at Monocacy National Battlefield. Picnic tables are available at the Visitor Center, Gambrill Mill (tour stop 5), and the Worthington Farm (tour stop 3). Please remember that Monocacy National Battlefield is a trash-free park, so please take your trash with you.
Can I use a metal detector to look for artifacts?
No. Metal detecting on federal land is illegal and is punishable by fines and/or jail time.
Does Monocacy National Battlefield have battle re-enactments?
No. National Park Service policy prohibits battle re-enactments as they disrupt the commemorative atmosphere that National Park sites preserve. There are, however, special events that feature living history encampments, which can include historic weapons demonstration - cannon and rifled musket.
How long has Monocacy National Battlefield been a National Park?
The battlefield was created by an Act of Congress in 1934; however, no funds were set aside for land purchase and much of the battlefield remained in private hands. By the early 1970s, the battlefield had been substantially impacted by growing development and urbanization. Concerned about the loss of additional battlefield land, elected representatives began to push Congress to authorize the National Park Service to initiate land acquisition. Land acquisition began in the late 1970s with the purchase of the Worthington Farm, and the park opened to the public in 1991.
When was the Visitor Center built?
The Visitor Center was opened to the public on June 27, 2007.
I am interested in planning a special event or doing a commercial film shoot, what are the requirements?
A Special Use Permit (fee required) may be necessary. Please read our Permits section for detailed information.