Catoctin Mountain Park - Charcoal Trail is a 0.6 mile loop trail located near Thurmont, MD and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Interpretive trail outlining turn of the century charcoaling process. This is a very short and easy stroll through a wooded interpretive trail. Along the hike you'll get a feel for what it would have been like working in the Catoctin Mountains around the turn of the century. As you hike you'll see mostly reproduction artifacts, including a logging sled and a collier's hut. You can really sense what a rustic experience it must have been. Though not an otherwise exciting or even invigorating hike, this a decent spot for the younger hiker to stretch their legs in relatively safe environs. This hike left my 6 year old thirsting for more and my 2 1/2 year old nearly ready for the transition to Dad's back for a nice nap.