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Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont

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Catoctin Mountain Park, located in north-central Maryland, is part of the forested Catoctin Mountain ridge−range that forms the northeastern rampart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the Appalachian Mountains System.

Approximately 5120 acres or 8 square miles (21 km2) in area, the park features sparkling streams and panoramic vistas of the Monocacy Valley.

Catoctin Mountain Park is managed by the National Park Service, and lies north of and directly adjacent to the similarly-sized Cunningham Falls State Park.
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  • Although this park is open throughout the year, a large portion of the road that runs through the park and several stops that are in the open section of the park were closed (despite what the ranger.....  more
    Although this park is open throughout the year, a large portion of the road that runs through the park and several stops that are in the open section of the park were closed (despite what the ranger.....  more »
  • This is an unexpectedly beautiful park. I did some short hikes that offered some excellent views. The waterfall was pretty much dried up from the drought when I visited, but the hike was nice. The... 
    This is an unexpectedly beautiful park. I did some short hikes that offered some excellent views. The waterfall was pretty much dried up from the drought when I visited, but the hike was nice. The...  more »
  • We drove all over the mountain. The drive takes you through a very winding road. There’s a few areas you can stop and checkout scenery. 
    We drove all over the mountain. The drive takes you through a very winding road. There’s a few areas you can stop and checkout scenery.  more »
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  • The 10-15 min hike uphill was a little rough for people with varying abilities, stop saying it’s easy when you’re only considering yourself and ego. I likely wouldn’t have hiked up if I had know there was an easier path to the small waterfall base after recently injuring my knee, ankle and toes. Once up trail you’re basically there at the waterfall area. It’s not as clean as it should be and it’s unclear why individuals choose to pollute other than selfish habits passed on by selfish parents. I noticed a deck off of the hikers path and followed it out to where there’s a small parking area for wheelchair accessibility and that’s excellent! It’s a nice wide deck for easy maneuvering and it leads straight to the fall. If you’re physically abled then I do suggest climbing to the top of the waterfall as that’s where the real view is. Nothing super fancy or crowded, but just some rock climbing fun with steeper areas than others. It does get slippery so be mindful and take your time. Kids should be kept close during the climb as there are sharp, slippery and steep ridges. If you go off the regular path you’ll find some nice flora including poison ivy and oak so look up what they look like before your hike so you know what to avoid. And remember, don’t feed wildlife with chemically human food. Bring a small trash bag with you, pick up after yourself and if it’s easy enough to pick up what others left, then just do it. Do better, be kinder and these lands will flourish with you.
  • I'm from Southeastern VA. We don't have mountains there. Or hills...even. This place was radically different from what I am used to seeing. Love the rocky terrain, the mountains, the trees. Wish I had the chance to see the waterfalls but that just means I need to come back! Great photo oppurtunies everywhere. Clean park. Would love to come back soon!
  • Comfortable driving distances from Baltimore or Washington DC. There are relaxing walking trails for beginners or people who like challenges. The park rangers at the visitor center are very friendly and resourceful. The facility is clean. Plenty of parking spaces throughout the park which are great. This park is pet friendly. There are also historical perspectives embedded in a few trails. This makes the trip more interesting. The view at several summits are worth of the trip.
  • Beautiful, scenic drive. Wildlife galore. Serene mountain streams call out to the weary minded, singing the soothing songs only the Lord’s creation can sing.
  • Nice and clean campsite, with toilet and shower facility. Some campsites have accessibility options as well. Definitely well worth the fee of $30/night.

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