Basic Information

 
14707 Park Central Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

To reach the visitor center from the east, follow US Route 15 to MD Route 77 and go west about 3 miles. The visitor center is on the right side of the road. From the west, take I 70 to MD 66 at exit 35. Turn left onto MD 66 north and travel about 5 miles, passing through the roundabout. Turn right onto MD 64 and drive 1 mile. Turn right onto MD 77. Drive on MD 77 about 7.5 miles. The visitor center is on the left.

Catoctin Mountain Park

Hiking trails and parking areas are open year round, dawn to dusk, but may close as a result of security or safety concerns. Consult the park's website for updates: http://www.nps.gov/cato/index.htm. The visitor center, camps, and campgrounds have separate hours. Please see descriptions for those facilities elsewhere.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Monday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Tuesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Wednesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Thursday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Friday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Saturday: Sunrise - Sunset

Summer (June-Aug) average temperature is between 61 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall (Sep-Nov) average temperature is between 45 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall foliage is at its peak in mid-October Winter (Dec-Feb) average temperature is between 24 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter snowfall is between 5-12" per month. Spring (March-May) average temperature is between 41 and 63 degrees Fahrenheit. Average precipitation is approximately 4 inches per month. (Source: usclimatedata.com)

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

Entrance Fees:

Entrance - $0.00

The park does not charge an entrance fee.

Visitor Center

Stop at the visitor center for a map and visit information. The visitor center also has a small bookstore, restrooms, and an exhibit about the history of the park area and the animals that live here.

 

Nestled within the mountains of Western Maryland, Catoctin Mountain Park is one of more than 400 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 Hours:

The Visitor Center is in its Spring Hours operation and is currently open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

We are closed on the following federal holidays:

New Year's Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Day

Pets are welcome but must be leashed and controlled at all times.

 
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.

Image of Stream

Alerts and Current Conditions

Alerts, temporary closures, wildlife sightings, and more.

Image of Dining Hall at Camp Greentop

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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

Phone:

(301) 663-9388
This phone number is for the visitor center and is answered during regular operating hours. An outgoing voicemail message provides information when the visitor center is closed.

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