• Catoctin Mountain

    Catoctin Mountain

    Park Maryland

Getting Around

Snow on park road.
Snow-covered park road.
NPS Photo

Check the News Releases page for more information and to determine if any closures are in effect.

Security Closures

At the request of the U.S. Secret Service there may be temporary partial park closures due to increased security measures.

Seasonal Road Closures

Beginning in November and continuing into March, portions of Park roads will be closed. Closing the north section of Manahan Road during winter substantially reduces the need for gravel replacement on the historic roadway, preserves the adjacent native plant environment, and enhances visitor safety while allowing opportunities for cross-country skiing and sledding.

Closing portions of Park Central Road to vehicle traffic enhances visitor and provides opportunities for cross country skiing. The usable life of Park Central Road is extended and the road surface remains in better condition since this portion of the road, which is designed and built for light vehicle traffic does not suffer the negative impacts of plowing and the application of de-icing chemicals.

Safety Closures
Catoctin Mountain Park is impacted by storms and occassionally portions of the park and park roads may be closed to allow for visitor safety and for safe cleanup of storm damage. The tail end of hurricanes and winter ice storms often result in downed trees and occasional flooding.

Did You Know?

Red Squirrel

There are 4 types of squirrels found in Catoctin Mountain Park. The largest is the Fox Squirrel, the most common the Grey Squirrel. The Red Squirrel is known for being very vocal and the Flying Squirrel really only glides.