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The Yellow Poplar Trail is a yellow-blazed route wrapping around the park for 4.6 miles. It is the longest trail within the park, however, hikers find it a moderate walk. The hike is a several hour journey where the beauty of nature explodes across the mountain vistas. The trail passes two beautiful stone overlooks built by the depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps from the 1930s. The trail is open to mountain bikers and equestrians as well as hikers. It is maintained by M.O.R.E. (Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts). A restroom is located near the trail in the High Knob area.

Directions: From Frederick, MD, Travel north about 5 miles along U.S. Highway 41 turning right onto Gambrill State Park Road. Follow the road for a little over 1 mile to reach the designated Trailhead Lot on the right. All trails begin from this lot, including the long-distance Catoctin Trail.

Elevation: 1,000 feet

Distance: 4.7 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Gambrill State Park, Maryland

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