Healthy Parks - Healthy People
Enjoy the park and improve your health by hiking the many scenic and interpretive trails. Stop by the visitor center to pick up your booklet to track your progress. After you complete each hike, you can stamp your booklet at the visitor center. Have fun!
Special recognition to Tim Mueller for completing the challenge in 1 day (5.5 hours) and Matt Morrison for completing the challenge in two days.
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 Trail and the Horse Trail dominate the west side. Hikers may use the Catoctin 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!
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.