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New Water Trail Guide Helps Paddlers Explore Monocacy Scenic River in Frederick County

The guide's cover Paddlers heading out on the Monocacy Scenic River in Frederick County can now easily navigate and enjoy this beautiful waterway with today’s release of a new water trail map and guide. The colorful waterproof and tear-proof guide provides kayakers and canoers with detailed information on access sites and services along the Monocacy from Rocky Ridge on Maryland Route 77 to the Potomac River.

“The water trail guide is a wonderful resource for people who wish to learn more about the various natural resources and access points along the Monocacy Scenic River,” said Paul Dial, director of the Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation. “The guide also includes information on nearby natural, historic and cultural attractions.”

The Monocacy Scenic River Water Trail: The River with Many Bends was produced through a partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation, the Tourism Council of Frederick County, the National Park Service Monocacy National Battlefield, and the Monocacy Scenic River Citizens Advisory Board.

“The Moncocacy Scenic River Water Trail will draw new and experienced paddlers to the serene waters of the river, adding approximately 42 miles of water trail to the statewide network,” said Lisa Gutierrez, director of DNR’s Public Access and Water Trails Program.

To request a copy, call 301-600-2936, or pick one up at the Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation office, 355 Montevue Lane, Suite 100, Frederick, MD 21702. For additional suppliers or to download a PDF copy, click here.

The Monocacy Scenic River Water Trail is one of a series of water trail maps and guides produced by DNR in partnership with local governments and other partners. These trails contribute to the statewide network of water trails and public water access points that DNR has developed over the past two decades.  For more information about Maryland’s water trails, visit