2014 Economic Impact
National Park Survey Quantifies Catoctin Mountain Park's Local Economic Impact
Whether on vacation or taking a day trip, visitors to Catoctin Mountain Park spend time and money in the gateway communities surrounding the site. Spending by park visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within communities adjacent to the park and throughout Frederick and Washington Counties. This spending generates revenues that support additional jobs and income.
Catoctin Mountain Park Superintendent Mel Poole commented, "Once again this study shows the positive economic impacts of national parks on the local and regional economies. We are pleased that Catoctin Mountain Park generates almost 200 jobs in surrounding communities and that every $1 received in the park budget generates $4 in non-local visitor spending."
A total of 248,188 people visited Catoctin Mountain Park in 2012 providing almost $4.9 million of benefits for the local economy.
Detail of these
impacts, and the methodology used for the study are contained in the
publication, 2012 National Parks Spending
Effects, available at :
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