Horse Trails

Orange Triangle
Orange Color Blaze That Will Identify Horse Trails In Catoctin Mountain Park.

Horse Trail Update:

To assist equestrians and hikers alike, Catoctin Mountain Park will be color blazing its horse trail system during the spring/summer of 2018. The horse trails will be blazed with an orange triangle.

Blazing of the section of horse trail from the Trailer Parking Area to the Owens Creek Picnic Area was completed on May 12, 2018.

More updates to follow as addtional sections are completed.
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Horse Trail Map

Approximately 6 miles of 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.

The park does not supply mounts and the nearest rental facility is in Gettysburg, PA which would require trailering to the Park.

Public riding is not permitted on any trails in the park other than the designated public horse trail. Cross-country travel, the cutting of switchbacks, and the use of other public areas is prohibited.

The horse trail can challenge the abilities of all riders, novice to competitive trail rider. Riders are surrounded by the beauty of the eastern hardwood forest and will experience creek crossings, rugged mountain terrain, and may also capture a glimpse of wildlife while on the trail.

An informational brochure indicating trail access and trailer parking area may be obtained by telephoning 301-663-9388 or by stopping in at the park visitor center.

Two horses getting ready for a ride on the horse trails.
Catoctin Mountain Park offers approximately 6 miles of horse trails.

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Last updated: July 17, 2018

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