Basic Information


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:

Admission to the park is FREE, but for those who qualify, 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.

The Visitor Center is currently open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Visitor Center is open daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. through the winter months.

The Visitor Center is 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.

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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: May 19, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788


(301) 663-9388

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