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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/.

hiking
9 hours ago

short, easy hike. good trails for dogs. I was able to hike it easy with my baby on my back but it had it Rocky moments where I had to walk extremely slow. veiws were not great, not too much to see.

I enjoyed the beautiful boulders on this trail. The view was fine. I also love how open the forest is in this park. I need a knee replacement but walked this trail without a problem.

It was great! Highly recommend

The hike in this trail was amazing. We started with a warm up through the Park Headquarter / Orange Trail, then climbed up to the Wolf Rock, Thurmont Vista and Chimney Rock, the view from Thurmont Vista and Chimney Rock is breathtaking.

Great hike. Loved some of the views. The markings could have been a lil better but over all would do this again.

Wonderful hike even on a foggy day, you miss some of the views but it’s an enchanting feel.

Some nice views and facilities. The trail is very well marked.

I'm docking a star only because one cannot truly summit this mountain since Camp David sits atop the peak. The trails for the most part are easy to follow. I tend to go counter-clockwise so I can save Cunningham Falls as a treat at the end. The large switchback on the White Trail is a bit tricky. Keep an eye out for the trail markers otherwise you will go a bit on a false trail that will disappear after about 1,000ft. Views from the overlooks are great. If you have the time, take the side trail, which is basically a pure scramble, to Wolf Rock for a proper view of it.

After a friend of ours bought property in the Catoctin mountains, my husband fell in love with it. Few months ago, we took a trip to Gettysburg and decided to spontaneously get tattoos. He got Chimney Rock inside his tattoo even though we have never seen it. Last weekend, we took the trail and saw it for the first time and it was breath-taking.

Nice loop with a great view. At the time I hiked it there was a fairly large tree at about the .5 mike mark that was blocking the trail. It was a little difficult to get over so just be aware.

This hike was a lot of fun and had its challenges! The Catoctin Mountain Extension trail is actually a combination of trails that loop around a majority of park. If you want more of a challenge, definitely go counterclockwise (starting with Chimney Rock). If you have any questions, the park employees are very friendly! Only gave it 4 stars because of the views aren’t to die for, but still very beautiful overall.

This was a fun trail. Definitely not as hard as the label would make it out to be.

Nice short hike through the woods to the falls. Can get pretty crowded and you are close enough to the road to hear car traffic the whole way. A lot of people jump off the boardwalk to climb up the falls.

The loop provided a decent workout without wiping me out. The falls trail was a little misleading though. The falls are not actually on the trail. You have to deviate from the loop, cross a road with traffic going by, and then continue on the boardwalk. There is a sign saying you are no longer on the trail. You can get better views from the boardwalk that leads straight from the parking lot. There are signs stating that people should keep off the natural area of the falls yet there were dozens of people climbing the rocks and fallen trees beyond the boardwalk. To get back to the Hog trail, you have to turn around and cross the road again. There are two overlooks with ok views. Some of the downhill parts of the trail were gravel which actually seems more dangerous than plain dirt, especially if it's slippery.

Well marked and wide open trails with several nice inclines. Saw our first rattlesnake on the rocks at Wolf Rock. Great hike our gps logged this at 5.2 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, easy trail. Saw a whitetail and the falls were pretty!

Nice hike! First half mile uphill gets the heart pumping. Saw a rattlesnake on Wolf Rock, lots of up, but nice and flat along the ridge.

Great hike. If you take the left trailhead it’s about a mile uphill. Good workout. Great bouldering at wolf rock and beautiful view at chimney rock. Lots of rock jutting out on trail. We took time outs at both wolf and chimney and did the loop in 2 hr 30 min. Will be back!

Beautiful hike. I got lost but managed to find myself back on a trail! Found a rattle snake so be aware of your surroundings. Happy hiking :)

This is a beautiful forested trail with some moderate climbs. We tacked on a portion of the Thurmond Vista trail for some additional distance and views, cutting back to the visitors center before Wolf rock (roughly 6 miles total). It took us about 2hrs 40 min with some stops to take in the views and the falls. Recommend going counterclockwise.

Not a big fan of this one. This felt like a long walk in the woods. The woods are beautiful, but there is no “real” overlook. I did not get the sense of a “summit”. Lastly, Cunningham Falls was a little disappointing. I expected more. Plus, the fact that the falls is not technically part of the hike(it has its own parking lot) took away some of the experience to me.

My husband and I are beginner hikers, we hiked up to Wolf Rock, and really enjoyed it a lot. Chimney Rock is the next destination on this hike!

Great Trail! I did it counter-clockwise. Strongly recommend getting there early if you’re going on Sat or Sun as the lot can fill up quickly. The trails are well marked, so the risk of getting lost is low. Sections of the trail can be wet if there has been recent rain, but very little mud.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice scenic hike. Fairly easy even for someone like me with arthritis and bad knees. Beautiful view at Hog Rock vista.

Lots of rocky outcroppings. Not for the beginner hiker.

Fantastic trail! Well marked and challenging but worth the views.

Good time to go in summer especially after the rains when the fall has good amount of running water. Had a great time climbing the rocks along the fall. I wouldn’t say it is an ‘easy’ hike but a moderate to hard one. You can also sit by the river which is near the parking lot and enjoy a picnic. Will definitely go again.

Well marked trail with rewarding rock outcrops . Great 1/2 day hike. We like to do this in early spring and late fall.

AMAZING HIKE!! Absolute smoker if you love hiking for time!!

Some nice views and challenging terrain at times. Walking through the woods was beautiful!

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