Catoctin Mountain Park

Location:Thurmont, MD

Catoctin Mt. VC Thurmont, MD
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Catoctin Mountain Park
6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788-1598

(301) 663-9330 or
(301) 663-9388 (Visitor Center)

Dist. From Balto.:65 miles
Dog Trails:


There are about 25 miles of trails in the park with a variety of difficulty levels. Most of the trails that start from the visitor center area lead fairly steep up hill. These trails can generally be accessed from further up the main road as well.

Trails to try include the Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock trails. On the Cunningham Falls side the Cat Rock trail also leads to an impressive vista. All of these trails are fairly steep.

Trail maps are available at the Visitor's Center. Expect the heaviest trail traffic in the fall during peak foliage color. Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock are two of the most popular destinations.

For links to NPS maps of the park, click here.

General Info.:


Catoctin is part of the National Park System, and managed by the National Park Service.  There is a visitors center located at the bottom of the park main road with maps, park information, and a museum and nature display about the park. Although the park is open year round, the main road is closed to cars in winter months.
Special Notes:Catoctin is right across from Cunningham Falls SP. While the NP allows dogs on all trails and in the campgrounds, Cunningham Falls is more restrictive. Dogs are allowed in the "undeveloped" areas of the park, which includes most trails. Off limits areas in the SP include the Falls, camping and picnic areas, and the lake area.  You should check with the state park to verify dog restrictions.
Further info: NPS Catoctin Mountain Park WWW Page

DNR Cunningham Falls SP WWW Page

Finding Wildflowers in the Washington-Baltimore Area
By Fleming, Lobstein, and Tufty
Pub. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995

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