• Catoctin Mountain

    Catoctin Mountain

    Park Maryland

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  • Temporary Closure

    Portions of the park will be closed from approx. 3:00 PM, Friday, September 19, 2014 through Sunday, September 21, 2014. Picnic areas and campgrounds will remain open. Call the visitor center for additional information 301-663-9388.


Catoctin Mountain Park has two designated picnic areas: Chestnut Picnic Area and Owens Creek Picnic Area.

Chestnut Picnic Area is on the west end of the park. There are picnic tables, grills and restroom facilities. The Spicebush Nature Trail is accessed from there. The Spicebush Nature Trail is wheelchair-accessible with a natural-looking specially bonded WoodCarpet® that is firm and stable. Accessible parking and two wheelchair-accessible picnic tables connect to the trail. Restrooms are within 200' of the Spicebush nature trail. Historic Camp Greentop, known for its tradition of serving children with disabilities, is also very close. Map of the Chestnut Picnic Area and Spicebush Nature Trail.

Owens Creek Picnic Area is also on the west end of the park. There are picnic tables and grills, but no restroom facilities. The Brown's Farm trail is accessed from there. Map of the Owens Creek Picnic Area and Brown's Farm Trail.

Picnic tables are also located near trail heads and public parking areas.

Did You Know?

Pileated Woodpecker on a tree in the Catoctin forest.

Pileated Woodpeckers are the 2nd largest woodpecker in North America. Male has a red ‘moustache’ and the female has a black 'moustache'. Lifespan in the wild can be 8-12 years. The pileated is the only member of the woodpecker family that drills an oval-shaped hole.