September 29
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Creaks, Squeaks, and Shrieks
Meet a ranger at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater shortly after sunset and discover the wonderful world of nighttime animal calls and sounds that you might hear while sitting around the campfire. Program starts at 7 p.m.

Blacksmith standing over an anvil and hammering on steel rod.
Blacksmith working at Blacksmith Shop

October 21
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Blacksmith Demonstration

Join us at the historic WPA Blacksmith Shop at Camp Round Meadow and discover the history of blacksmithing on Catoctin Mountain. Demonstration will highlight the art and skill of forging and shaping metal.Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388.

Curving Road with trees on both sides of the road

October Fall Color Hikes

Come Experience the Stunning Beauty of
Catoctin Mountain!

Saturday, October 6

10:00AM Hike To Blue Ridge Summit Overlook
Meet at Hog Rock Parking Area

Sunday, October 7

10:00AM Hike along the Catoctin Recreation Trail
Meet at the Chestnut Picnic Area

Saturday, October 13

10:00AM Hike Along the Browns Farm Trail
Meet at the Owens Creek Picnic Area

Sunday, October 14

10:00AM Hike On The Spicebush Trail
Meet at Chestnut Picnic Area
(Wheelchair/Stroller Accessible)

Saturday, October 20

10:00AM Hike along the Charcoal Exhibit Trail
Meet at the Thurmont Vista Parking Area

Sunday, October 21

10:00AM Hike To Hog Rock Overlook
Meet at Hog Rock Parking Area

Saturday, October 27

10:00AM Hike To Hog Rock Overlook
Meet at the Hog Rock Parking Area

Sunday, October 28

10:00AM Hike The Spicebush Trail
Meet at Chestnut Picnic Area
(Wheelchair/Stroller Accessible)

These programs are FREE and open to the public.
For more information, call the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center at: 301-663-9388 or visit us at

Ranger Presentation
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: September 26, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788


(301) 663-9388

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