Basic Information

COVID-19 Update - March 26, 2020

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities, Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center is temporarily closed. All park trails and parking areas remain open. However, restrooms, drinking water and trash receptacles are unavailable. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Updates will be posted here and on the park's facebook page. For more information please visit -

Admission to the park is FREE, but for those who qualify, Military Passes and Access Passes are available at the Visitor Center.

Entrance Fees:


Nestled within the mountains of Western Maryland, Catoctin Mountain Park is one of more than 419 national park units in the nation. Whether you are a first-time visitor or come often, below is information you will need to know:

The park is open daily from dawn until dusk.

Visitor Center Winter Hours: December 1 through February 28/29 the visitor center is open daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Visitor Center Spring-Fall Hours: March 1 through November 30 the visitor center is open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Call 301-663-9388 for more information.

The visitor center is closed on the following federal holidays:

New Year's Day

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

A man and a dog hiking on a wooded trail.

Hiking Trails

The park maintains 25 miles of hiking trails with difficulty ratings between easy and strenuous.

A wooden cabin in the woods

Camping and Lodging

You can rent a historic wooden cabin or camp under the stars.

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Alerts and Current Conditions

Alerts, temporary closures, wildlife sightings, and more.

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Permits and Reservations

Information on camp rentals, reservations, and special use permits

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find out the answers to the 11 most commonly asked questions about Catoctin Mountain Park.


Last updated: March 27, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788


(301) 663-9388

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