hiking

forest

kid friendly

dogs on leash

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Catoctin's diverse cultural resources provide several vignettes of our nation's history in one small location. Native Americans quarried rhyolite for the production of lithic tools. A charcoal and iron industry is still visible today, along with smaller industries including farms, sawmills, and an old moonshine still. Historic structures and products of the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps, along with the site of our nation's first Job Corps Center, are tangible reminders of the capability of vigorous youth programs to strengthen the nation's economic and social fabric. The totality of resources found in Catoctin Mountain Park reflects much of the early fabric of our country. An Historic Resource Study was conducted in March 2000 by Dr. Edmund Werlhe and is available on line for your reference. Catoctin Mountain Park, An Administrative History by Barbara Kirkconnell, February 1988. 578KB, word document. For more information about archeology in Catoctin Mountain Park see http://www.nps.gov/rap/archeology/spotlight_CATO.htm and in the Washington, D.C. area see http://www.nps.gov/rap/.

It took us too long to finish because we made several stops, but it was very pretty. I would say it's fairly a moderate to easy hike. Jumping across the gap at Chimney Rock was the only real challenge for me.

Very steep and rocky at the onset (it was predominantly rocky throughout...make sure to wear thick-soled hiking shoes) but the reward of Chimney Rock is worth it. Incredible views! Wolf Rock is a cool stopping point too but there's no view from the rocks. Thurmont Vista is a nice view and the rest of the trek back to the visitors center was a gradual down hill walk through the woods. The Catoctin's are beautiful and I look forward to exploring more of its trails.

awesome! not too hard. descent workout. great for the dogs.

pretty tough for 3.9 miles. very rocky but beautiful all along the way and awesome views!

it was great

Very nice trail. Perfect for Saturday hike. The whole loop takes around 4.5h.

Great rocks and little caves

A really nice trail in the fall! Would definitely rate it more moderate than hard, initial hike up the mountain was definitely steep but not too difficult. Would not suggest climbing chimney rock without good grip shoes, though. Beautiful views, about a 2 1/2 hour trip in and out but we stopped a lot for pictures!

Beautiful hike to some really nice vistas. The clockwise loop from the Visitor Center seemed to be a more gradual climb.

State park authority tries to limit liability by posting signs not to hike on the falls to protect the grasses. Its next to impossible for them to enforce as there are seemingly hundreds on the falls during the weekend. The trail itself is crazy easy to the falls and well maintained. The biggest challenge is avoiding the throngs in flip flops. The upper trail is moderately more difficult but uninteresting save for a couple of rock formations.

Can't beat the view. Sat there forever, just soaking it all in.

The view was ok, I like Cat Rock and Chimney Rock and Hog Rock more, but still really fun!