The park’s 1 1/2 acre limestone quarry, part of the Gore formation in the Glade Valley of Frederick County, is now filled with water and is estimated to be approximately 25 feet deep. The quarry provided limestone for the Fountain Rock kilns and stone crusher for nearly 80 years. A channeled stream and various natural wildlife habitats are found at this site.
The Quarry Deck
boardwalk and deck was constructed in the summer of 2000. The deck gives
park visitors the opportunity to become close to nature. Great Blue
Herons, Black Crowned Night Herons, Canada Geese, Ducks, and numerous
songbirds are frequently observed. Sightings of migrating species have
also been reported. Several species of turtles and fish are year-round
residents of the quarry pond.
For visitors who wish to feed
the pond life, feeders are placed seasonally along the deck. For a small
fee, these feeders dispense food that is nutritionally appropriate for
wildlife, unlike bread or picnic scraps. It is strongly discouraged that
visitors feed any human food to our resident wildlife.