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
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!
Last updated: October 13, 2019