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Woodmont Lodge to Hold Annual Open House

When: Saturday, Sept 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 11761 Woodmont Rd, Hancock
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: Free
Contact: 301-842-2155

The Woodmont Lodge, rich in history and beautiful architecture, will be open to the public this Saturday. The annual open house ─ which takes place one day each year ─ will allow guests to tour the hunting lodge and its picturesque surroundings, while hearing vivid stories of its past. Park rangers and volunteers will be on hand to speak about the early days of conservation and wildlife management in Maryland.

Built in 1930, the massive three-story fieldstone structure features enormous beams, huge stone fireplaces, and wood paneling and floors. Great leather chairs, bear skin rugs, photographs of special guests and hundreds of game trophies did and still do fill the rooms. Now owned by the State, the lodge sits on the grounds of what was the Woodmont Rod and Gun Club. Under a management agreement with the Izaac Walton League, the Woodmont Club uses the property six months out of the year. The lodge is open to public one Saturday in September each year.

The 3,400 acre Woodmont property features a new 3.5 mile hiking and mountain biking trail. The trail provides access to the forest interior for birding, nature photography, wildflowers and other outdoor recreation opportunities. The Woodmont Natural Resources Management Area and the nearby Western Maryland Rail Trail is part of the Fort Frederick Park complex. There is no service fee and registration is not required. Disabled access is limited.