• Catoctin Mountain

    Catoctin Mountain

    Park Maryland

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Nature and Science

Big Hunting Creek

(photo by James Voigt)

There are many unique natural features that can be discovered within the boundaries of Catoctin Mountain Park.

Part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Catoctin supports outstanding examples of fresh water streams, eastern hardwood forest, and geologic formations. Continue further to learn more about the natural features of the park.

Did You Know?

Pileated Woodpecker on a tree in the Catoctin forest.

Pileated Woodpeckers are the 2nd largest woodpecker in North America. Male has a red ‘moustache’ and the female has a black 'moustache'. Lifespan in the wild can be 8-12 years. The pileated is the only member of the woodpecker family that drills an oval-shaped hole.