• Catoctin Mountain

    Catoctin Mountain

    Park Maryland

Take a Hike

Becoming a Junior Ranger means knowing what actions are okay and what actions are not.
Not everyone knows how to follow the rules. To take care of the park, being respectful of
the park and others is important.

To complete this activity, find six actions of a responsible hiker and camper and help protect
Catoctin Mountain Park. Some of these pictures show actions that are against the regulations
and harmful to the park or actions that could be harmful to you. Click on the pictures to see if
your answers are correct.

 
Photo of a girl hiking with a dog and no leash. Should you hike with a dog and no leash?
Should you Hike with a dog and no leash?
Photo of Chimney Rock, one of the vistas in Catoctin Mountain Park. Should you Enjoy the Scenery?
        Should you Enjoy the Scenery?
Picture of a hiker without water, hat, long sleeves and pants or sunscreen. He's wearing a short sleeve shirt, shorts, socks, boots, and carrying a pack. Should you hike without water, hat, long sleeves and pants or sunscreen?
Should you Hike without water, hat, long
  sleeves and pants or sunscreen?
Picture of two hikers walking in single file on a trail. Should you Stay on the trail, walk in single file and not take shortcuts?
Should you Stay on the trail, walk in single file and not take shortcuts?
Take a Hike Game
Photo of a male scarlet tanager. Should you Watch the birds?
      Should you Watch the birds?
Picture of a man reading a map. Should you Study a map to figure out where you are and where you want to go?
Should you Study a map to figure out where you are and where you want to go?
Photo of an arrowhead. If you find an artifact, should you leave it in place and tell a ranger?
        If you find an artifact, should you
        leave it in place and tell a ranger?
Picture of a camper asleep in a tent with the fire burning. After you go for a hike, you stay in the campground. Should you go to sleep with the fire still burning?
After you go for a hike, you stay in the campground. Should you go to sleep with the fire still burning?
Photo of a mayapple flower. Should you Look at flowers, but not pick them?
Should you Look at flowers, but not pick them?
Picture of a man throwing trash on the ground. Should you Throw trash on the ground?
Should you Throw trash on the ground?
Graffiti with writing, "Joe was here". Should you Write on a rock or tree?
      Should you Write on a rock or tree?

Did You Know?

Young girl flyfishing on Big Hunting Creek in the winter.

The brook trout is a very colorful fish native to the streams of Catoctin. It is actually not a trout as its common name implies, but is a charr, a close cousin to the trout in the salmon family. Brown and rainbow trout are also present in Catoctin's streams but are not native to the eastern US.