Permits & Reservations


Special park uses such as recreational activities, filming, and still photography may require a Special Use Permit. Please refer to the current Superintendent's Compendium on the Laws & Policies page for a complete list of activities and areas. A nonrefundable processing fee of $150.00 must accompany the application. Your permit may require the payment of cost recovery charges and/or proof of liability insurance. First amendment activities do not require an application or fee but may be limited to specific areas.

Rules and regulations regarding filming and still photography in national parks can be found at

Download an application:

Special Use Permit Application for non-low-impact filming or an event (doc 830kb). Filming or photography that includes the use of actors or models and equipment, beyond a tripod, may require a special use permit.

Special Use Permit Application for still photography (doc 837kb).

If you have any questions please contact the park's Permit Coordinator.


Reservations and Campground Rates

Catoctin Mountain Park has facilities for lodging, camping, and special events. See below for information and fees. If you have questions please contact the park's Reservations Coordinator.

To obtain a permit application for a special event (organized recreational activity) see the "Permits" section above.

  • Handicapped Accessible Tent Pad Sites and Cabins are available.

  • Use of alcohol is prohibited.

  • Pets are allowed at Owens Creek Campground only and must be leashed at all times.

  • Service animals only at all other sites.

  • Reservations Required. No Walk-Ins.


For more information on specific campgrounds visit our Camping and Lodging Pages

Last updated: June 23, 2021

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