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 www.dontmovefirewood.org.
Owens Creek Campground
Individual, family, and small-group camping for tents and small RVs. (There are no hook-ups.)
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.
Use of alcohol is prohibited. Service animals are permitted but pets are not. Reservations are required. There are no walk-in sites.
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 recreation.gov. or call 1-877-444-6777.
Poplar Grove Youth Camp Site
Organized Youth Group Tent Camping
Poplar Grove is open to adult-supervised, organized youth groups whose 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 recreation.gov 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.
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 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Contact the visitor center at 301-663-9388 for more information.
If the Visitor Center is closed or it is after 5 p.m. on the day of your check-in, please call 1-866-677-6677 to arrange check-in with a ranger.
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: December 17, 2020