Trails

The Frederick area is home to many great hiking trails, parks, and public lands.    Not all, however, are necessarily open to hiking with pack animals.   Below are parks which have specifically provided permission to hike with packgoats.   Please be sure to observe LNT practices!

 Park  Name      Location (Link to Google Map)
Additional Contact Information / Web Site  Notes / Special Restrictions
 Shenandoa National Park  

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Park Information (540) 999-3500
Superintendent’s Office (540) 999-3500 ext. 3400
Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East
Luray, VA 22835
Shenandoah allows packgoats on any trails designated for horsed and pack animals.   On the published Hiking Maps, these trails are those designated as "Horse Trail".
 
As a National park, Shenandoah is governed by a document known as the "Superindent's Compendium".   This document outlines local regulations for park usage.   As of the 2009 Compendium, packgoats have been formally designated as a "Pack Animal" and thus allowed on trails designated for such usage.   Please refer to section 2.16 in the following document:
 
 
Backcountry camping is allowed, but permits are required (for all backcountry use, with or without goats).   See website for additional information.
Catoctin Mountain Park

Google Map

 
Park Headquarters:
301-663-9330
 
Superindent J. Mel Poole
6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD  21788
 
Catoctin allows packgoats on the designated Horse trail only.    Catoctin has also allowed our club to utilize the Poplar Grove Youth Campground for overnight activities and planned day-use activities with prior arrangement.
 
Catocin is a National park and governed by a document known as the "Superindent's Compendium".   This document outlines local regulations for park usage.   As of the 2009 Compendium, packgoats have been formally designated as a "Pack Animal" and thus allowed on trails designated for such usage.   Please refer to section 2.16 in the following document:
 
 
Greenbrier  State Park
 

Google Map


Greenbrier State Park Web Site.
 
Ranger Contact:

Daniel P. Spedden
Park Manager
South Mountain Recreation Area
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro MD 21713
Office 301.791.4656
Fax 301.791.0962
Cell 240.285.3481


Permission to use the park with packgoats has been granted by Park Manager, Dan Spedden.    For larger planned outings they require a special use permit to ensure there are not conflicts with other larger planned activities (e.g. mountain bike race).    Individual and small group use does not require permit.

Important:  You must park and access the trails via the perimeter parking areas on Greenbrier or Mt. Lena roads.

Monocacy National Battlefield

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Monocacy National Battlefield

Travis Baker
Protection Ranger
Monocacy National Battlefield
Office 301-698-6247 ext 226
cell 301-331-1147
Permission to use the park has been granted by Travis Baker, Protection Ranger, under the rules which govern use of the trails by pets.   

Under these rules the goats must be on a leash no greater than 6' in length at all times.
     

Three Pond Circuit


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