Image of November 2016 Orienteering Poster

Basic Orienteering Classes

1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Saturdays: 11/05/2016,11/12/2016

Sundays: 11/06/2016, 11/13/2016

Learn to read a map and compass; then practice those skills outdoors on the park's orienteering course. Maps and compasses will be provided.This can be an individual, family, or small group activity.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

November 2016 Orienteering Classes Poster 508 Compliant (pdf 966kb)

Compass on an orienteering map.
Compass and Map are loaned to visitors during the Orienteering Course.

NPS Photo

Basic orienteering classes are offered at the park visitor center in the fall and spring. Check the park's Calendar of Events for class dates. To sign up, stop by or call the visitor center at (301) 663-9388. Class size is limited to 25, and reservations are required.

The basic orienteering course is located near the Park visitor center and consists of 10 points, the first six points constitute a loop of approximately 1.5 miles which was designed for the beginner. An additional 4 points designated on the map with letters are to challenge the orienteerer as their skill level increases.

The second course, known as the west side course, is located within the area bounded by Park Central Road, Manahan Road, and Foxville-Deerfield Road. This course consists of nine numbered points, which when successfully completed form a walk of approximately 1.5 miles.

If you are experienced in orienteering and wish to practice your skills, the park maintains the two courses that are available for public use from November 1st through April 15th. The courses are closed the rest of the year in order to lessen the impact on forest vegetation and wildlife. The courses are used on a first-come, first-served basis if no advance reservations are made.

Groups may use the courses independently between November 1st and April 15th. a written request prior to the group's arrival should be directed to:
Catoctin Mountain Park
c/o Chief Ranger
6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788-1598

This assures that multiple groups will not be using the course at the same time.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788


(301) 663-9388
This phone number is for the visitor center and is answered during regular operating hours. An outgoing voicemail message provides information when the visitor center is closed.

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