Catoctin Mountain Park Announces Temporary Closures 10-08-2011
Contact: J. Mel Poole, 301-663-9388
Due to increased security measures, portions of Catoctin Mountain Park will be closed effective Saturday, October 8, 2011 at approximately 11 :00 AM. Closures are scheduled to continue through Sunday, October 9, 2011 at approximately 3:00 PM.
Park Central Road is closed between the Camp Misty Mount Entrance and Camp Greentop. Reservations for Poplar Grove, Camp Misty Mount, Camp Greentop and Camp Round Meadow will be honored.
Hikers may access trails to Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock, and Chimney Rock as well as the Falls Nature Trail from the Visitor Center Trailheads. The Catoctin National Recreation Trail will be open. The routes to Blue Ridge Summit Overlook and Hog Rock are not available during this closure. Manahan Road and trails to the west of Manahan Road are available for use.
Picnickers may use Chestnut Picnic Area.
Please direct questions about these closures to the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center at (301) 663-9388.
Catoctin Mountain Park is one of394 units of the National Park System. The Visitor Center is located three miles west of Thurmont, Maryland on State Route 77. Correspondence should be addressed to:
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!