Cat Rock Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews

Cat Rock Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Thurmont, MD that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.3 miles 2212 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

old growth

rocky

snow

Hike in Cunningham Falls State Park with Views of Frederick Valley This is a nice hike up fairly steep terrain to Cat Rock. After the view from the rocks, rejoin the yellow trail and continue on toward Bob's Hill. There is one tricky point where the only signs are for the blue Catoctin Trail going right, which is north on that trail. Instead you want to turn left, and will soon see both blue and yellow trail markings. This will take you south on the Catoctin Trail to Bob's Hill. At the hill there are two viewpoints at the end of short side trails. The hike from Cat Rock to Bob's Hill is very moderate.

14 days ago

awesome trail! great for people of all ages. moderately easy and the rocks to climb at the end were fun!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun Hike. Big rocks to climb on with awesome overlook. Watch for rattlesnakes, almost stepped on 2.

hiking
3 months ago

The initial incline from the parking lot to Cat Rock is no joke. Its pretty much uphill the entire way, but short enough to make it doable. Definitely add the the trip to Bob's Hill overlook for a total hike of 8 miles. Remember that you need to turn left when you reach the Blue trail. For some reason Bob's Hill isnt on that trailhead marker. The trails are quite rocky so have good hiking shoes. Overall, a great day hike as are all the trails at Catoctin.

6 months ago

Beautiful day. Moderately steep incline on the way to the look out with trail leveling out after. Rocky trail - used hiking sticks to help with footing. Lots of small wildlife. Great 3 hour in and out trip.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice day hike. Enough elevation to get a decent work-out but won't wipe you out either. Hot day in late May, but the shade kept the trail comfortable. Definitely worth a look right now if you want an easy get-away from the city and not much of a crowd.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

The trail begins across from the Cocotin National Park Headquarters. The hike up to Cat Rock is about a mile, mostly uphill, but not too bad. The trail is marked with a yellow blaze. I suggest you continue on to Bob's Hill for a nice overlook of the valley. To do this continue down the yellow trail until you get to the Cocotin Trail (marked with blue blazes) and turn left. This will make for about an 8 mile out and back hike. If you want to get at least 10 miles in, continue on Cocotin Trail down to the Manor Visitor Center. Mostly downhill so you will get a good workout on the way back.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Super fun and great scenery minus the fog as soon as we got to the top! Couldn't see anything from the top of the mountain.

hiking
2 years ago

Hiked this trail today, decent workout on the way up. if you are in it just for exercise outdoors, its fine. If you are in it for the view, its nothing spectacular. Walked to the top of the rock pile at the end, view was ok but again, not breathtaking. Time for completion, 1 hr and 45 min. Would have finished sooner but legs were cramping on the way down.

hiking
2 years ago

Cat Rock is a short hike, and is easily accessible with parking right off of Maryland Rt. 77. The trail is fairly heavily wooded but easy to follow. However, I did not find it to be all that interesting. At the end of the trail is Cat Rock, which is a fairly good size rock pile with a decent view of the surrounding forest. If it's a nice day and you've never done it before, then it might be worth checking out. However I would recommend Chimney Rock & Wolf Rock before this one (both of which can be reached by the trail right across the road).

hiking
3 years ago

Except for a rather frightening encounter with a rattlesnake (mostly just because it was there), my friend and I really enjoyed this trail. Took us a bit more than 4 hours because we started down one of the side trails instead of heading back down the steep one we had taken up as we descended from Cat Rock, but we appreciated the challenge! Also - there were wild blueberries on the ridge leading up to Bob's Rock! FYI - wasn't entirely clear where the best trailhead was, but we ended up going up Old Misery trail to pick up the yellow/blue markers for Bob's/Cat.

hiking
4 years ago

Great Hike.

hiking
4 years ago

Hiked to Bob's Hill South Overlook and back to the Manor Area.

hiking
5 years ago

hiking
5 years ago

First time I did Bob's Hill was last year in 105 weather. Exhausting but worth it! Made the hike again yesterday in 85...much better. Very steep, going from 600' to 1700' in less than 1.5 miles. Met up with a Copperhead who was kind enough to leave me alone as I left him alone. The other views were lovely. Ready to do this in 65 next.

hiking
5 years ago

I've done this trail in all kinds of weather and seasons. It's a nice trail with a great view at the top. Decent uphill hike and lots of berries in July!

hiking
5 years ago

Being a novice hiker I shouldn't have picked a 'difficult' trail as my first. I did have to stop and rest quite a few times. The view from the south side of Bobs Hill was spectacular and well worth the climb. After reaching the top of Bobs Hill (elev. 1762) you have an option to keep going higher via Cat Rock trail. My energy was expelled by then so I opted not to go higher.