Visitor's Guide

The NCI at Frederick is located within the Ft. Detrick U.S. Army facility in Frederick, Maryland. Please be aware that you will be asked to provide Ft. Detrick security with proof of identification, and your vehicle will be briefly searched, before being allowed to enter the facility grounds. Visitors must check in with Protective Services to receive their Visitor Badges. Below you will find some useful maps of the Campus area and driving directions for many common starting points.

Important Information

FORT DETRICK Access Gates:

Effective on January 5, 2015 there will be a change by the USAG Fort Detrick in gate hours. All visitors will require a background check prior to entry. Get more information on other gate changes.

  • In accordance with contractual requirements, you must complete the Visitor's Request Form for all visitors to the Frederick campus (i.e., seminar participants, visiting scientists, consultants, tour groups). Note: Completing this form does not result in an automatic approval of the visitor. The request is received by the Directorate Head chosen on the form, and all requests are vetted through the Management Operations Support Branch (MOSB) for final approval.
  • NIH Extended Visitor ID Badge Application
  • All visitors must enter through Nallin Gate, which is located on Opossumtown Pike at Amber Road. Please visit the Fort Detrick website for specific information regarding gate closures and access.
  • Present a photo ID at the Nallin Gate (e.g., driver's license, NIH ID, passport).
  • Expect that your vehicle will be searched, including the trunk and any boxes, bags, or other items.
  • All Frederick visitors should first report to Protective Services in Building 426 before proceeding to any other destination.
  • The NCI Management Offices are in Building 427. NOTE: All buildings on the Frederick campus, with the exception of the Conference Center/Scientific Library (Bldg. 549), are secured via a card-key system; therefore, a visitor must have an escort in order to enter a building.
  • Get more information on the Fort Detrick Gate Access procedure.

Transportation and Lodging

Facilities & Amenities

The campus offers several rooms, equipped with computer and teleconferencing equipment, for meetings, speakers and special events. For more information, contact the Conference Center.

Cafeteria and catering services are available through the NCIF Cafe.


The NCI at Frederick is located off of Rt 15 at the Oppossumtown Pike exit, in Frederick,
Door to door directions.

Campus Maps

Campus Map ThumbnailThe maps of the NCI at Frederick and Fort Detrick are PDF files, which you can view and print using the free Adobe Reader.


Visitors may park in any spaces on campus, with the exception of those marked "DOD" or "Reserved". Parking is free.

ATRF Directions

Directions to the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF)