The roads less traveled...

  • History

    In 1977 there were more than 300 miles of gravel road in Frederick County, almost one quarter of all county maintained roads at that time.

    In 1996 the Frederick County Roads Board requested that the Board of County Commissioners adopt a gravel roads program to protect...

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  • Purpose

    The Purpose of The Friends of Rural Roads is to preserve the gravel roads that remain in Frederick County, Maryland, and to support efforts to include other rural roads, that qualify, in the program so that the scenic and historical elements of the agricultural and forested rural landscape are protected.

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  • Watershed Road photo by Kai Hagen
  • Wild Turkey photo by Dick Bittner
  • Poffenberger Rd, Jefferson

  • Preservation

    Our gravel roads are vulnerable. More »

  • Activities

    Friends of Rural Roads plans activities throughout the year. More »

  • Driving Tours

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Upcoming Activities

  • October 1st-30th Travel the Gravel Photography Contest entries accepted.
  • October 4th-November 27th. "Experience Gravel Roads...Through the Eyes of the Artist" will be on display at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.
  • November 20th-December 16th Travel the Gravel Photography Contest winners on display at the Frederick County Visitor's Center.

Map & Road List

Map published by Frederick County showing all roads in the Rural Roads Program. Areas of this map are included in each of the 5 Driving Tours.

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Current list of all roads in the Rural Roads program

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