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Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.5/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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  • We wanted to experience Camp David as only a member of the general public can - by trail walking in Catoctin Mountain Park. It has the same physical characteristics of trails through a forest with ups...  read more »
  • We wanted to go hiking so googled places in MD. This gem was a few hours from home so we took a chance. We planned to hike to both Chimney Rock and Wolf Rock. The trails are easy to medium hard. Much ...  read more »
  • Coming to the mountain along Highway 77 allows you to hit the primary Visitors' Center with its helpful rangers and great displays. If you arrive from Hagerstown, you will enter the park, which is bea...  read more »
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • Last Friday 6 mile loop Visitor Center to Thurmont Vista to Wolf Rock to Chimney Rock to Headquarters back to Visitor Center. Left Chimney Rock minutes before person fell from ledge. Then no more quiet, just sirens from rescue vehicles. Only saw one hiker on loop and family group with young kids playing on Chimney Rock. Need good boots, water and common sense for rocky hike.
  • Good place to do some hiking. Numerous trails varying from easy to strenuous. There are some camping sites available along with some primitive cabins. All are reservation only, no walk ups allowed. If Camp David is in use by the President etc then some trails can be sealed off. Camp David is guarded and not open to the public. There are a few educational trails (a moonshine still and a charcoal manufacturing information trail) but most of the trails are just you and nature. I didn't visit any of the campsites so the 4 stars were for the hiking trails. If there were a few more destinations for the trails then it would have been 5 stars. There is one waterfall while the rest of the trails are overlooks of the Blue Ridge Mtns or the town of Thurmont.
  • A very educational place. Good for history and new discoveries. The true meaning In the state of Maryland of HUMILITY and STRENGTH next to VA.