• Catoctin Mountain

    Catoctin Mountain

    Park Maryland

Orienteering

Compass on an orienteering map.

Compass and Map are loaned to visitors during the Orienteering Course.

NPS Photo

Basic orienteering (map and compass reading) courses will be offered at the park visitor center November 9, 15, 16, and 22, 2014. All classes will begin at 1:00 PM. Class size is limited to 25. To sign up, please stop by or call the visitor center at (301) 663-9388. Reservations are required.

The basic orienteering course is located near the Park visitor center and consists of 10 points, the first six points constitute a loop of approximately 1.5 miles which was designed for the beginner. An additional 4 points designated on the map with letters are to challenge the orienteerer as their skill level increases.

The second course, known as the west side course, is located within the area bounded by Park Central Road, Manahan Road, and Foxville-Deerfield Road. This course consists of nine numbered points, which when successfully completed form a walk of approximately 1.5 miles.

If you are experienced in orienteering and wish to practice your skills, the park maintains the two courses that are available for public use from November 1st through April 15th. The courses are closed the rest of the year in order to lessen the impact on forest vegetation and wildlife. The courses are used on a first-come, first-served basis if no advance reservations are made.

Groups may use the courses independently between November 1st and April 15th. a written request prior to the group's arrival should be directed to:

Catoctin Mountain Park

c/o Chief Ranger

6602 Foxville Road

Thurmont, MD 21788-1598

This assures that multiple groups will not be using the course at the same time.

Did You Know?

White-tailed deer in the summer grass

Extremely rare at the beginning of the 20th century, white-tailed deer populations in Maryland have not only rebounded, but now number more than at any time in history.