Monocacy National Battlefield | Travel (1/556)

Monocacy National Battlefield | Travel (1/556) | Alaina Ann Photography I officially began traveling (locally) in February, checking off my first 556 in 12 location! Monocacy National Battlefield is close to my home and proved to be an easy and scenic first choice.

I arrived 90 minutes before sunset and covered the recommended driving tour to choose a location for photographing the changing colors in the sky. Naturally, I ended up where I started :)

Monocacy National Battlefield | Travel (1/556) | Alaina Ann Photography

Walking Trails
  • Gambrill Mill - a half mile loop offering scenic views of the Monocacy River with a portion of the trail being wheelchair accessible.
  • Ford Loop - this 1.6 mile loop also provides scenic views of the Monocacy River along with interpretations of significant events from the Battle of Monocacy.
  • Brooks Hill Loop - a 1.9 scenic nature trail with a steep climb up the first hill.
  • Thomas Farm Loop - this trail also offers interpretations of key events from the Battle of Monocacy.
  • Middle Ford Ferry Loop - a half mile loop with landscape and Monocacy River views, showing the early settlement of the Monocacy Region.

Monocacy National Battlefield | Travel (1/556) | Alaina Ann Photography

Auto Tour

Exploring the battlefield by car is another great option. A self-guided auto tour provides stops at five locations from the Battle of Monocacy.

  • Best Farm
  • Monocacy Junction
  • Worthington Farm
  • Thomas Farm
  • Gambrill Mill

I highly recommend driving to each location, using the auto tour, and stretching out your legs on a few of the short and scenic trails along the way!