Basic Information

Nestled within the mountains of Western Maryland, Catoctin Mountain Park is one of more than 420 national park units in the nation. Whether you are a first-time visitor or come often, below is information you will need to know.


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

Entrance Fees:


The park is open daily from dawn until dusk.

The visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March through November and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. December through February. It is closed on the following federal holidays:

New Year's Day

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, the visitor center is closed until further notice.

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Camping & Lodging

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

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Hiking Trails

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

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Parking Lots

Explore all the parking possibilities throughout the park.

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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: October 8, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788


(301) 663-9388

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