Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont

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  • Went out on a lovely fall day to hike up to Chimney Rock. It was about 4.5 miles roundtrip from the visitor center uphill and down, and well worth it. We reached Wolf Rock first which is fascinating a...  more »
  • Beautiful, rocky hiking trails. I have no idea where the deer hide, though! Camping available. I hike here often with kids and dog, lots of trails for different abilities. Junior Park ranger programs ...  more »
  • Great camping here and even better hiking. Lots of history here too. Be sure to check out the old family-operated stills were similar to the one currently on display at the end of the Blue Blazes Whis...  more »
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  • This mountain is a good day hike for pretty much anyone. If you keep a good pace you can do pretty much all the trails in under 6 hours. (Max) I found this place to be very relaxing and enjoyable, the hark trails should be taken down to moderate instead of hard. Lots of parking and maps too along with it being a free park.
  • Had a good hike here with the family. Kinda wish the trail map was improved more. Ended up on the wrong trail admittedly and rode it out till the end. Was nice, and scenic but more than we bargained for. We had a hard time distinguishing the yellow and orange location and before we realised it we were on a 7 mile hike lol. Over all a decent trip.
  • Beautiful hike with a variety of great views (foliage included). We did the 8.5-mile loop so we hit all the major points - Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock, Chimney Rock, Blue Ridge Summit, Hog Rock, and Cunningham Falls. We started from the Thurmont Vista Parking Lot since the lot at the headquarters was full. My two favorites were Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock. Both formations were fun to climb around, especially when dodging the deep crevasses. Cunningham Falls is not on the trail though - you have to cross the road to the other side. On our way from the falls to Hog Rock, we ran into a snake on the trail. Harmless snake -although it slithered out from a hole right on the path! This part of the hike was serene, and not too crowded. There were parts of the hike where we were walking in the woods, but pretty much parallel to the road. Overall, a very enjoyable hike! Would come back and look out for Cunningham Falls, Chimney Rock, and Wolf Rock.
  • I've loved this park ever since I was a kid. Be aware that several of the longer trails tend to be somewhat difficult, with a lot of rocks, uneven terrain, and grades that you would generally expect from a mountain. There are some shorter, easier ones, though.
  • gorgeous place. hiking is dangerous because a genius decided that it would be a good idea to have the trails cut right through traffic. the drivers speed like crazy downhill where the hiking trail crosses, and mind you, these road curves so these drivers don't see around from their direction what's up ahead. at least put speed bump or stop signs to discourage the speeding, or create a hiking overpass. I'm pretty sure accidents and deaths are imminent. parking is limited and tight, expect for your trucks and SUVs to be dinted. don't go hiking with kids because of the safety issues, but agile adults should be fine, still, there's a risk. gift shop is expensive. would give it a four star but I just think safety concerns would warrant a one star.

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