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Journey Through Frederick County

Fall is a beautiful time of year all over Frederick County, but it's truly stunning to see the changing leaves along its scenic byways. Whether you want to fill your weekend with unique stops and exciting attractions—or just want to spend an hour taking in the gorgeous views—a journey down one of Frederick County's most traveled roads is destined to be a memorable experience!

Throughout the changing seasons, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway or Route 15 is full of engaging stops that will appeal to the whole family.

One of America's most unique and special destinations, Downtown Frederick, boasts a charming Main Street filled with one-of-a-kind restaurants, specialty shops and a vibrant arts community.

North of the bustling city lies the quieter countryside. Catoctin Mountain Park holds 25 miles of hiking trails, offering visitors a chance to get up-close and personal with nature. Just on the edge of the park, Cunningham Falls State Park is home to a 78-foot cascading waterfall, lakefront beach and loads of other recreational opportunities.

Moving toward the town of Thurmont, visitors will find the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo. This is the one and only place in the mid-Atlantic to board an open-air truck and ride right through the habitats of emu, zebra and bison. If you would rather stroll at your own pace, the zoo offers walking paths surrounding over 450 exotic animals.

Nearing the Pennsylvania border, travelers could see Mount Saint Mary's University, home of the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, overlooking the path. Discover the story of Saint Elizabeth Anne Seton, the first U.S.-born Saint, at the nearby Seton Shrine. Tour the museum, wander through the house where she lived, and step into the awe-inspiring basilica.

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Information and photo courtesy of Frederick County.


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