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Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont

(4.5/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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  • We hiked here on New Year's Day and really enjoyed it. We are older hikers and found all the hikes fairly easy. We started at the visitor center and did the 8 mile loop to Chimney Rock, Wolf Rock, Thu...  more »
  • This is a really cool spot and I only wish we had made more time to explore all it had to offer. A nice quaint visitor's center with a friendly volunteer and ranger. Several short hikes as well as lon...  more »
  • Catoctin Mountain Park is a national park. It was created by workers of the CCC and WPA as a recreational park under FDR’s administration in the 1930‘s and became part of the National Park System in 1...  more »
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  • 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.