Firewood: Catoctin Mountain Park prohibits bringing firewood into the park. Firewood is available at Owens Creek Campground, Poplar Grove Youth Campground, and Misty Mount Cabin Camp for a suggested donation of $5 a bundle. Campers are also free to gather and burn dead and downed wood.

Authorities in Maryland advise that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent the spread of pests within the state. To learn more, please visit

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Tent Campsite at Owens Creek
Tent Campsite at Owens Creek Campground

Catoctin Mountain Park

Owens Creek Campground

Individual, family, and small-group camping for tents and small RVs. (There are no hook-ups.)

2021 Season Dates: April 30 - November 1

Use of alcohol is prohibited. Pets are allowed but must be leashed and attended at all times. Reservations are required. There are no walk-in sites.

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Owens Creek Campground Map - Click to Enlarge

Reservations can be made up to six months in advance. Check availability and make your reservation at or call 1-877-444-6777.

Directions to Owens Creek Campground

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Adirondack Shelter In Catoctin Mountain Park

Volunteer John Zuke

Adirondack Shelters

Use of alcohol is prohibited. Service animals are permitted but pets are not. Reservations are required. There are no walk-in sites.
2021 Season Dates: Year-Round

For those in search of backcountry solitude, there are two shelters that offer the bare minimum 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.

Reservations can be made up to six months in advance. Check availability and make your reservation at or call 1-877-444-6777.

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Two of the three fire ring areas at Poplar Grove

Poplar Grove Youth Camp Site

Organized Youth Group Tent Camping

Reservations are required. Pets are not permitted. Use of alcohol is prohibited.
2021 Season Dates: Year-Round (some facilities limited in winter)

Poplar Grove is open to adult-supervised, organized youth groups where at least 50% of members are under age 18. There are three 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 accommodates one vehicle and one utility trailer.

Reservations can be made up to six months in advance. Poplar Grove Youth Group Campground is not available on a walk-in basis.There is a minimum booking window of two days prior to arrival. Reservations can be made on line at or by phone at 877-444-6777.

When making a reservation, please be prepared to provide your 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.

Poplar grove is self check-in and self check-out

Campground questions: please call the visitor center from 9 am-5 pm at (301) 663-9388
During your stay 24 hr dispatch (after hours): (866) 677-6677
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Map of Poplar Grove Campground - Click to Enlarge
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alcohol prohibited

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited from all park areas administered by Catoctin Mountain Park, unless authorized by a permit issued by the Superintendent.


Additional Camping Options

Information on Cabin and Dormitory Camping Opportunities at Catoctin Mountain Park.

Seasonal dates and fees for all campground facilities at Catoctin Mountain Park.

Last updated: May 14, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788


(301) 663-9388

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