Portions of the park will be closed from approx. 3:00 PM, Friday, September 19, 2014 through Sunday, September 21, 2014. Picnic areas and campgrounds will remain open. Call the visitor center for additional information 301-663-9388.
Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Catoctin Mountain Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
Catoctin Mountain Park (CATO) is outreaching to visitors worldwide expanding its social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. The type of material posted includes interpretive material about the park's natural and cultural resources, program and event announcements, news releases, safety tips, alerts about facility closures, historic milestones, and much more. Read more
Using interactive activities, Catoctin Mountain Park outreaches to "virtual visitors" worldwide through the Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger program at http://www.nps.gov/cato/forkids/jrwebranger.htm. This program has the potential to reach new audiences. Many of these users may never actually visit the park, but they can discover what makes Catoctin Mountain Park a unique place and develop an understanding and appreciation of the park and the National Park Service. Read more
Catoctin Mountain Park partnered with the Catoctin Forest Alliance to manage the Catoctin Mountain Artist in Residence program, which has expanded to include Cunningham Falls State Park, the local high school and the Thurmont Regional Library. Catoctin Mountain Artists-in-Residence have conducted educational seminars and classes in the arts in Catoctin Mountain Park, in local public schools and the local library. Read more
TRACK Trail established in Catoctin Mountain Park at the Brown’s Farm Trail in Owens Creek Picnic Area as part of the Kids in Parks program. Read more
In response to A Call to Action #6, "Take a Hike, Call Me in the Morning," Catoctin Mountain Park instituted a Hiking Challenge. The goal is to encourage visitors to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle while connecting with nature in the park. The program has been popular with visitors. The park posts on their website the names of visitors who have completed the challenge. Read more
Did You Know?
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.