Healthy Parks - Healthy People
National Park Centennial Challenge
The park is a great untapped resource for fostering health and wellness.
As part of the NPS 100th anniversary, the park aims to increase awareness of its resources as a place for exercise and rejuvenation. Exposure to nature and outdoor exercise have significant health benefits, including improved physical and mental health, reduced stress and lower blood pressure.
We challenge you to enjoy the park and improve your health by hiking the many scenic and interpretive trails.
Stop by the visitor center to pick up your pamphlet and track your progress. After you complete each hike, stamp your pamphlet at the visitor center.
Have fun and stay healthy!
Pick up your Healthy Parks Healthy People Centennial Challenge pamphlet at the visitor center and start hiking!
East Side Trails
The east side of the park features stunning vistas, challenging terrain, and access to Cunningham Falls. Most trailheads begin at the visitor center. Parking and trailheads are also available by the park headquarters and at three points along Park Central Road.
Click the map on the right for trail lengths or download guides of some more common trails:
Shorter in Length - 1 mile or less round trip
Moderate in Length - 2.5 miles to 5 miles round trip
Longer in Length
West side trails
The west side of the park is the wilder side. Adventurous hikers are more likely to see wildlife, wetlands, and an up-close view of nature. Remnants of former farms dot the land. The park's picnic areas, campgrounds, and back-country shelters connect with the trails.
The Catoctin National Recreation Trail and the Horse Trail dominate the west side. Hikers may use the Catoctin National Recreation Trail to access Cunningham Falls (~2 miles from the Chestnut Picnic Area).
Click on the map to the right for trail lengths and contours, or download the trail guides below:
Tips for Planning Your Trip
Remember, walking/hiking estimated time varies on hiking ability and pace. Finally, have fun, be safe and have an adventure!