Fall Leaves along Manahan Road
Fall colors along Manahan Road

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Nature Walks (Each Weekend:)
Join a ranger on 1-hour walks to discover the changing colors of autumn. Discuss why leaves change colors, what a tree does during winter, and more!
October 12 (Sat): 11:00 AM at Thurmont Vista Parking Area
October 13 (Sun): 1:00 PM at Hog Rock Parking Area
October 19 (Sat): 11:00 AM at Hog Rock Parking Area
October 20 (Sun): 1:00 PM at Thurmont Vista Parking Area
October 26 (Sat): 11:00 AM at Chestnut Picnic Area (note: this route is wheelchair/stroller accessible, on a packed mulch surface.)
October 27 (Sun): 1:00 PM at Owens Creek Picnic Area

October 19: Murder on the Mountain On July 31, 1929, Clyde Hauver, a sheriff’s deputy, was shot during a raid on an illegal whiskey still. On October 31, 1933, Bessie Darling, who ran a bed & breakfast near Thurmont, was killed. Learn about these ghastly tales and more spooky elements of Catoctin’s history. Meet at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater at 7 PM.

October 20: Blacksmith Demonstration Meet at the historic WPA Blacksmith Shop and discover the art of blacksmithing. Demonstrations will run from 1 to 4 PM at Camp Round Meadow, 14840 Manahan Rd, Sabillasville, MD.

October 26th: Murder on the Mountain See October 19 for description. Meet at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater at 7 PM.

November 9, 10, 16, and 17: Learn Basic Map and Compass Skills: Learn basic skills with a park ranger during a one hour class (1-2pm), then test your knowledge on the Catoctin Mountain Park Orienteering Course (2-4:30pm). SPACE IS LIMITED. Please call to make a reservation: 301-663-9388.

All programs are FREE and open to the public. For more information contact: Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center at 301-663-9388
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Ranger Presentation

NPS - Catoctin Mountain Park

Throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons, Catoctin Mountain Park offers a variety of interpretive programs, hikes, and demonstrations geared for all ages and interests. Check this page periodically to see what's coming up soon!

Are you young or young at heart? Visit our Discovery Room at the Visitor Center or become a Junior Ranger.

Last updated: October 13, 2019

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Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788


(301) 663-9388

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