Hiking

Along every hill and in every bend in the trail, a new experience, a new beauty, a new connection to Nature, waits for you at Catoctin Mountain Park.
 
Image of Rock Formation
Catoctin Greenstone Rock Formation on Hog Rock Nature Trail.

NPS Photo

 
Orange and White Blaze on tree

Catoctin Mountain Park is currently in the process of blazing its hiking trails. The Chimney Rock/Wolf Rock Loop and Gateway Trail have been completed.


WHITE BLAZES
Mark the Gateway Trail (Visitor Center to Lewis Property.)

ORANGE BLAZES Mark the Chimney Rock/Wolf Rock/Visitor Center Loop Trail.

Blazing for additional trails will occur in the Spring of 2017.


East Side Trails

The east side of the park features stunning vistas, challenging terrain, and access to Cunningham Falls. Most trailheads begin at the visitor center. Parking and trailheads are also available by the park headquarters and at three points along Park Central Road.

Shorter in Length - 1 mile or less round trip

Moderate in Length - 2.5 miles to 5 miles round trip

Longer in Length

 
Westside Trail of CATO
Westside Trails of Catoctin Park
 

West side trails

The west side of the park is the wilder side. Adventurous hikers are more likely to see wildlife, wetlands, and an up-close view of nature. Remnants of former farms dot the land. The park's picnic areas, campgrounds, and back-country shelters connect with the trails.

The Catoctin National Recreation Trail and the Horse Trail dominate the west side. Hikers may use the Catoctin National Recreation Trail to access Cunningham Falls (~2 miles from the Chestnut Picnic Area).

Click on the map to the right for trail lengths and contours, or download the trail guides below:

 

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Brochures for Nature Trails

Brown's Farm Trail Brochure 508 Compliant (pdf 206kb)

Deerfield Nature Trail Brochure 508 Compliant (pdf 1.05MB)

The Hog Rock Nature Trail signs have recently been placed in newer locations! These new posts are now labeled! A new a revised guide for the Hog Rock Nature Trail is coming soon!

 

Tips for Planning Your Trip
  1. Bring a daypack with food and water. No matter what season, visitors should always bring water when hiking.
  2. Hike with a friend (buddy system). Dogs need to be on leashes at all times.
  3. Wear sturdy hiking shoes. Sandals are not recommended.
  4. Be aware of the weather! Check the weather forecast before you leave your house and plan accordingly (i.e. rain gear if possibility of rain). Wear layers of clothing to add or take off as the weather and your body temperature change.
  5. Be aware of the trail and fauna (such as snakes and bees) on the trails. Avoid deviating from the trail and getting lost. This helps us protect the resources by limiting our impact on the forest. If wildlife is encountered do not taunt, touch or feed, and enjoy watching from a safe distance.
  6. Be very careful at overlooks and rock formations to avoid slips and falls as the rocks can be slippery and the formations have long, deep crevices that can cause injury or death. Rock climbing at Wolf Rock is allowed by permit only (issued at Visitor Center).
  7. Leave No Trace. We are a trash free park. Everything brought in needs to leave with you.
  8. Leave wildflowers and other flora for all to enjoy.
  9. Be aware that cell phones may not work in all areas of the park and many service providers do not work at all. Test your phone for coverage.
  10. If you or someone you are with is injured report it to the first Park Ranger you encounter. (Emergency dispatch phone number: 1-866-677-6677).

Remember, walking/hiking estimated time varies on hiking ability and pace. Finally, have fun, be safe and have an adventure!

 
 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

Phone:

(301) 663-9388

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