Camp Harding—Fort Frederick Tour

The 30-mile journey starts at Clear Spring Park and highlights Camp Harding and Fort Frederick parks. This tour is from a series of tours in Washington County, encompassing hundreds of miles of paved roads.

  • Begin in Clear Spring Park just outside of Clear Spring, MD.
  • Travel to Camp Harding County Park. Due to its close proximity to Washington, DC, President Harding, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone used to camp and fish here in the 1920s. Trout fishing and canoeing are still popular activities today.
  • Use a portion of the paved Western Maryland Rail Trail to reach Fort Frederick State Park, which boasts the only remaining stone French and Indian War fort in the country, and is restored to that era. It features historical re-enactments on certain weekends.
  • Head back through farmlands to Clear Spring Park to complete your ride.

For turn-by-turn directions and other itineraries throughout the region, visit and a map for bike tours and routes in Washington County.


Region: C&O Canal Towpath, Two Rivers
Activity: Bicycling, History

Last updated: August 13, 2018

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Potomac Heritage NST Office
National Park Service
1100 Ohio Drive SW

Washington, DC 20242



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