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Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont

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  • Many visitors may come to hike the challenging paths straight up the mountain for gorgeous vista views but we came to just enjoy a gentle hike in the woods along the gorgeous streams and gentle brooks...  more »
  • After finishing up at Cunningham Falls State Park, I gave Catoctin Man Park a call and Tim nicely answered the phone. He happily answered my questions and I was so happy to hear that this is a free en...  more »
  • This is a great place for day hiking or camping. They also have rustic cabin camps year round that are popular for weddings.  more »
  • This is a great park for hiking. The various trails allow for anything from a short walk of a mile or two up to around 10 miles, so there is something for everyone with plenty to stop and see on the trail.
  • Hiking trails for all skill levels, although to see the best views it can be strenuous at times. Trails range from 2 miles to 8.8 miles. Recommend stopping at the visitors center to get a map and get trail advice from one of the rangers.
  • I used to teach Outdoor School at Catoctin State Park. Usually 6 or 7 graders. I went here in 1964 when I was in 6th grade. I had so much fun then. And had been back so many times. Camp David the presidential retreat it is also located and we talked in the mountain area. Many memories of telling a lot of stories 2 children around campfires. So many trails so many Fantastic views. Even an OLD STILL. Fantastic history of cutting trees and making charcoal. There is another part of the park that has a Maple Festival. Hot cakes with real maple syrup. Yum yum!!
  • I highly recommend the 7 or 8 mile loop that takes you to all of the vistas. It's relatively flat and good for all levels. It's best if you start on the trail to the left of the visitor's center (through a small parking lot) so you end on the best vista.
  • Very nice park and has EV chargers too (but now working yet). However it loses a star because there wasn't much to actually see on my trip. Quite literally no animals or birds were seen or even heard. VERY quiet. Trails were good though and the visitor center was helpful and well kept. I would come again when maybe there's more trees blooming seemed like there was no variety of trees or rocks even.