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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  • We hiked here on Saturday and Easter Sunday. We hiked the orange trail today (Sunday) and we started our hike at the headquarters office rather than the visitors center. It was definitely the way to do it. When you start the hike the way we did today, you immediately start your uphill climb. If we had begun at the visitors center we would have been descending until we got to the headquarters location. There's nothing worse than descending just before your uphill climb! Yesterday we hiked the yellow trail and started at the visitors center which worked out just fine. Both were quite enjoyable hikes.
  • One of my favorite places to hike in Maryland. You can get great Vista views here. To me the Eastern overlooks are more memorable than the ones in the West. I especially like chimney Rock and the Thurmont vista. The park provides access to many miles of hiking trails as it connects to Cunningham falls state park. One of my favorite walks in the park is going to Cunningham falls. Which is roughly a 3 mile round trip hike. This section of trail can get icy though. I was happy that I brought my micro spikes after a long cold snap.
  • 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.
  • Great place to home with the whole family. The restrooms at the welcome center were clean and the park ranger was helpful suggesting a specific hiking route. Hope to go back sometime soon.
  • The park has a very nice atmosphere the Rangers are all helpful and will answer your questions. I think maybe the trails could be marked a little bit better
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