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.
 
 
 
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East Side Trails

Offering easy to strenuous hikes, the East Side trails can lead you to stunning overlooks and vistas, access to Cunningham Falls, along with historical and interpretive exhibits. Numerous maps and guides for the East Side trails are available.

FEATURES:
Chimney Rock
Wolf Rock
8 Milie Loop Trail
Thurmont Vista
Blue Ridge Summit Vista
Hog Rock
Hog Rock Nature Trail
Cunningham Falls
Gateway Trail
Park Headquarters
Visitor Center
Blue Blazes Whiskey Still Exhibit
Charcoal Exhibit

 
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West Side Trails

The West Side Trails of Catoctin Mountain Park offer a wilder, more quieter hiking expereience. 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 west side contains picnic areas, campgrounds, and Adirondack Shelters that connect with the trails. Self-guided brochures for the Brown's Farm and Deerfield Nature Trail are also available.

FEATURES:
Brown's Farm Trail
Deerfield Natture Trail
Horse Trails
Catoctin National Recreation Trail

 
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Catoctin National Recreation Trail

The Catoctin National Recreation Trail, which spans 26.6 miles and encompasses four distinct park and forest units, offers a challenging and brilliant hiking adventure along the eastern-most ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains


 
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Catoctin Horse Trail Horse and Sign - Click to Visit Horse Trails Page

Horse Trails

Approximately 6 miles of Horse Trails are maintained in Catoctin Mountain Park for public horseback riding. Trailer parking is available across from the entrance to Camp Greentop. If the parking area is snow covered or muddy, horse trailers should be parked at Round Meadow and horses led or ridden along the shoulder of Park Central Road to the trails.

The trail is open for day use only, from April 15th through January 31st and is closed in the winter to help preserve the trail.


 

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!

 

Last updated: October 17, 2017

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Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

Phone:

(301) 663-9388

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