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Home > Visit a Gateway > Monocacy River Water Trail
Monocacy River Water Trail - Frederick and Carroll Counties, Maryland
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The Monocacy is a Maryland scenic river used by canoeists, kayakers, and fisherman. It flows for 58 miles through Central Maryland before emptying in the Potomac River and, eventually, the Chesapeake Bay. Adequate water levels are needed to enjoy a float trip on the Monocacy. Scenery is rolling farmland with rock outcroppings, historic features and bridges, and overhanging trees.

Community Commons Inc., coordinates the Monocacy River Water Trail. Community Commons partners with the Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department to offer paddle trips on the Monocacy River, Catoctin Creek and the Potomac River each year. Paddle trips are typically scheduled once monthly, May through September. For information on rates and schedules, contact Community Commons staff by email: info@communitycommons.org or by phone 301-662-3000.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Fishing Canoeing / Kayaking
Facilities: The Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department maintains boat launch facilities along the river; there may be picnic tables, nature trails and vault toilets. There are no public campsites along the Monocacy. The river trail flows through the Monocacy National Battlefield Park, although there is no developed water access to the park.
Length: 41 miles / 66 kilometers

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