Catoctin Mountain Park Announces Closures of Overnight Facilities
Contact: Debra Mills, 301-663-9388
Overnight facilities in Catoctin Mountain Park will close temporarily beginning at 12:00 noon on August 27. The closure is being enacted to assure the safety and protection of park visitors from the effects of high winds and potentially damaging rain anticipated when Hurricane Irene passes over the area. The facilities will remain closed until 12:00 noon on Monday, August 29. The closure affects Owens Creek Campground, the Adirondack shelters, the Poplar Grove Youth Tenting Area, Camp Round Meadow, Camp Greentop and Camp Misty Mount.
The Military Appreciation Day scheduled for Saturday, August 27 is cancelled. Look for future notices for this event to be rescheduled
Park trails will remain open for day use during the weather emergency. However, hikers accept the inherent risks associated with hiking during extreme weather, including falling trees and unstable surfaces. Please consider the risks before hiking. Hikers are encouraged to postpone trail exploration until the weather has stabilized.
The park Visitor Center will remain open during regular hours throughout the weather emergency. Please direct questions concerning these closures and the status of park trails and facilities to the Visitor Center at (301) 663-9388.
Catoctin Mountain Park is one of 394 units administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The park Visitor Center, located on State Route 77 three miles west of Thurmont, Maryland, is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Correspondence should be addressed to: Superintendent, Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. Our website address is www.nps.gov/cato. General information can be obtained by calling the Visitor Center at (301) 663-9388.
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.