Sugarloaf Mountain, a Stronghold property, has been closed since an attempted break-in at the Strong Mansion on August 19th. Stronghold Inc., the non-profit that owns and operates the property, has announced that it will be reopening the property with notable changes. “The Stronghold property will be open to the public under these conditions beginning on October 10th. Please enjoy the property respectfully.” The changes, per Stronghold, can be seen below:
Notable Changes: Visitors will no longer be allowed to park in the crossroads or “square”. This change will keep the intersection clear of inappropriately parked vehicles, eliminate late night loitering, and stop after hours entry onto the Stronghold property. This change will also provide a needed staging area for all EMS vehicles during emergencies.
Park hours are from 8 a.m. to sunset. The front gate closes at 4 pm. If you are on the Stronghold property after sunset, you have overstayed your welcome. Please park only in designated spaces, no roadside parking is allowed. Vehicles parked on the property after sunset will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Directional traffic control spikes have been installed to prevent vehicles from traveling the wrong way up the mountain exit road. This change was made for the safety of our visitors and staff. Please pay special attention to all associated warning signs. Security cameras have been installed in key locations on the Stronghold property. Photos will be captured of all vehicles that enter the Stronghold property, including tag numbers. If you witness any type of vandalism or otherwise criminal behavior on the Stronghold property, please report it to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Stronghold Incorporated.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has provided an update on today’s heavy rain that is expected to change over to snow Monday morning.