Winter Road Closures are in effect. Dates of deer reduction activities are November 18-21, 2013, December 2-5, 2013, December 16-19, 2013, January 6-7, 2014 and January 21-22, 2014. See news release with areas affected and closures by clicking on "More". More »
Self-Guided Field Trips
If you are developing your own field trip, there are several shorter trails in Catoctin Mountain Park that offer excellent learning opportunities.
Give us a call if you'd like to discuss the possibilities and opportunities. (301) 663-9388.
The Brown's Farm Trail, located at the Owens Creek Picnic Area, is a 1/2 mile loop with a brochure that explores several environmental concepts.
The Hog Rock Trail is a mile loop trail featuring tree identification. A brochure is available.
The Whiskey Still Trail is a 1/2 mile round trip near the park Visitor Center that follows a stream. Wayside signs along the trail discuss stream ecology and the story of the Blue Blazes Whiskey Still.
Did You Know?
Visitors in Catoctin Mountain Park may gather morel mushrooms for personal consumption. Morels are found in a variety of habitats but generally they seem to be found in wet soil that is high in organic matter and shaded by trees, especially hardwoods. Favorite locations are closely guarded secrets!