Facilities The park Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible. There is an exhibit room focusing on the history of man's use of the mountain's resources and a display of native animals found in the park. A small bookstore operated by Eastern National is also located in the Visitor Center. TTY services available on (301) 663-9388. Handicapped parking spaces are marked.
Trails One trail is paved for wheelchair use. The Spicebush Nature Trail is a 1/4 mile loop trail located within the Chestnut Picnic Area. The trail has wayside signs describing general forest ecology. There are several trails that a person with partial limitations would be able to utilize, but these are unfinished surfaces with rocks and waterbars to be navigated.
The Chestnut Picnic Area has several wheelchair accessible picnic tables and an accessible restroom. Grills are located next to most tables.
The Sawmill exhibit located next to Owens Creek Campground has a wooden ramp system that will allow wheelchairs to travel from the parking lot to the sawmill itself. Interpretive signs are located along the ramp and there are resting platforms along the ramp and at the sawmill. The exhibt is open all year but the ramp access from the campground is limited to the camping season, April 15th through the third Sunday in November. Year round access to the Sawmill exhibit is available from Sawmill Parking Area on Foxville Road, and also has a wooden ramp system for exhibit access. Our Blacksmith Shop is wheelchair accessible. Please go to the Schedule of Events for specific dates and times it will be open. The Visitor Center has a small exhibit area that is wheelchair accessible. The history of man's use of the mountain's resources and native animals are featured.
Camps Both Camp Greentop and Camp Round Meadow are accessible. Camp Greentop is used by The League for People with Disabilities each summer. Spring and Fall weekends are usually good times to rent either of these facilities. Camp Misty Mount has limited accessibility facilities. Camp Misty Mount is a camp where individuals may rent a cabin. A few cabins are accessible but it is recommended you contact the park for specific information on pathways within the camp. Call (301) 271-3140 for information.
This quarter-mile interpretive trail is wheelchair-accessible with a natural-looking specially bonded WoodCarpet® that is firm and stable. The trailhead is in the Chestnut picnic area. Accessible parking and two wheelchair-accessible picnic tables connect to the trail. Restrooms are within 200'. Historic Camp Greentop, known for its tradition of serving children with disabilities, is also very close.
Chestnut Picnic Area
This picnic area features two wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and grills, the firm and stable WoodCarpet® on the Spicebush Trail, and accessible restrooms. See the photo gallery below for detailed descriptions.
Owen's Creek Camping Area
Catoctin Mountain Park's tent-camping area features three accessible sites, an accessible interpretive trail, and restrooms with paved access.
The accessible camp sites were just completed in 2010 with a cutting-edge design. Mulch is compacted with a hardened resin for good tread and an earthy feel. The lamp post has both high and low hooks. The tent pad is elevated for convenient wheelchair mounting. The comfort facility is about 200' from the farthest site.
Take notice, however, that while short paved paths connect the accessible sites with the restrooms, the grades are greater than ADA recommendations. The restrooms include accessible facilities, but some corners are tight and the doors are not mechanized.
Click on the photo gallery below for detailed photos and descriptions.
Did You Know?
Early April, 1942 a basic training school for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was opened at Area B (Catoctin Mountain Park).The school evolved into primarily paramilitary training with British Captain William Fairbairn, “Fearless Dan” or “Shanghai Buster” as it’s most famous instructor.