To report a LOST PET in the park call the National Capital Region Communication Center at 1-866-677-6677.
Please make your visit to Catoctin Mountain Park enjoyable and memorable for both you and your pets by following our guidelines. Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations section 2.14, refers to pets in National Park units. Closures and special regulations are found in the Superintendent's Compendium.
A summary of these regulations follows:
Pets, except for guide dogs or service animals, are prohibited inside all buildings and in the following camp areas:
PLEASE NOTE that Hunting Creek Lake and Cunningham Falls are located in Cunningham Falls State Park. Pets are not permitted in these areas and may not be left in a car.
The American Dog Owners Association lists several reasons to keep your dog on a leash:
Cats Indoors! The Campaign for Safer Birds and Cats also suggests several reasons to keep your cat indoors (or in your camper) or leashed.
Unidentified lost pets are turned in to the Frederick County Division of Animal Control at 301-600-1546.
Did You Know?
Visitors in Catoctin Mountain Park may gather morel mushrooms for personal consumption. Morels are found in a variety of habitats but generally they seem to be found in wet soil that is high in organic matter and shaded by trees, especially hardwoods. Favorite locations are closely guarded secrets!