Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities, Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center and campgrounds are temporarily closed. All park trails and parking areas remain open. However, restrooms, drinking water and trash receptacles are unavailable. Please plan your visit accordingly.
Use of alcohol is prohibited. Service Animals Only. Reservations Required. No Walk-Ins
For those in search of backcountry solitude, there are two shelters that offer the bare minimun with regard to outdoor accommodation. Available year-round, the Adirondack Shelters located near the northern most point of the park, provide a destination for true nature immersion and an alternative to drive-up camping. A moderate three-mile uphill hike over rocky and gently rolling terrain starting at Camp Round Meadow will lead you to these three-sided shelters - similar to those found on the Appalachian Trail.
Check availability and make your reservation at Recreation.gov. or call 1-877-444-6777.
Poplar Grove Youth Camp Site
Organized Youth Group Tent Camping
Campground is for Youth Group Reservations ONLY.
Use of alcohol is prohibited. Service Animals Only. Reservations Required. No Walk-Ins.
Poplar Grove is open to adult supervised organized youth groups whose members are under age 18. There are 3 sites within Poplar Grove. Each site accommodates up to 25 persons. Groups share pit toilets, water and a pavilion. Each site has picnic tables, grills and a fire circle. Groups provide all personal convenience items, including toilet paper. For parking, each site accomodates one vehicle and one utility trailer.
NOTE: Poplar Grove Youth Group Campground is not available on a Walk-In basis; reservations must be made by phone at 877-444-6777 or online in order to camp at this facility. There is a minimum booking window of 2 days - earliest date to reserve will be 2 days from today.
When making a reservation, please be prepared to provide: preferred arrival and departure dates; the name, address and phone number of the group leader; the name of the group and total number of campers anticipated.
Orientation and check-in by rangers is required before entrance. Group leaders are asked to check-in at the Park Visitor Center between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Contact the Visitor Center at 301-663-9388 for more information.
For check in call the Visitor Center at 301-663-9388.
If the Visitor Center is closed or it is after 5PM on the day of your check-in, please call 1-866-677-6677 to arrange check-in with a ranger.