In summer of 1998 the park experienced a brief spell of extreme weather. During a thunderstorm a microburst struck an area on the west side of Park Central Road. A microburst is a strong, downward force of air that can cause tornado-like damage to the area it strikes. A microburst can leave a debris path up to half a mile! The Catoctin microburst was concentrated in a single area and tore up approximately 4 acres of forest.
Did You Know?
Camp Hi-Catoctin, a camp for federal employees was adapted by President Franklin Roosevelt for his Presidential retreat during WWII and named Shangri-La. President Eisenhower renamed the retreat to Camp David. The retreat is not open to the public.