Explore the most popular trail running trails in Catoctin Mountain Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
15 days ago

Did the Thurmont loop today and it was a great hike. I think moderate is correct. Can be a challenge if you are not in decent shape. Plenty of climb and rocks but no real challenge. Keep your pace up and you will feel it. The view wasn’t great today since it was a pretty grey overcast day. Butterflies everywhere since there was plenty of milkweed and wildflowers. Very pretty. Just a few people on the trail. We did somehow take a small wrong turn near the end missing a purple blaze somewhere but the little bit of extra on the orange/red route was great. Have fun!

on Thurmont Vista

hiking
15 days ago

Proper shoe wear is a must. Lots of bugs.

Fun trail with nice views, good elevation changes, and friendly people. Most of the hike is in the shade with a good halfway point parking lot with bathroom and picnic tables.

Probably one of the best hikes for the area!! Crossing the road to get to the falls was a little precarious and some of the trail has stretches that run alongside the road unfortunately. It did have some fun challenges though and wolf rock was pretty cool to see! Definitely recommend doing it counterclockwise. I did also catch a woodpecker in action!!

Very nice people helping us get to know trials

Expected it to be more flat but had a good time.

hiking
1 month ago

nice hike with the dogs

hiking
2 months ago

I went last week. Nice hike. When I got to the vista though, a large group was already there so I didn’t have a place to sit to admire the view.

Pretty easy hike. It only took me about 3.8 hours but it was worth the drive. views were cool and the waterfalls was a nice one.

Great Saturday morning hike. I wouldn’t call the loop a hard hike, maybe a medium hike.

Views weren’t great. the waterfall was nice, but wasn’t part of the extended loop

Lots of great lookouts along this trail. I would say hiking it normal and save Chimney Rock for last!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. The waterfall was frozen.

hiking
6 months ago

I definitely would not consider this a “moderate” hike. I extended it and went over to Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock and I still didn’t think this was moderate. The hike itself is easy. With the leaves covering the trail and some of the rocks, it could be considered lightly moderate in winter/fall. Otherwise, it was a lovely easy hike and I would definitely do it again! The views were nice and it was good to be in nature.

hiking
6 months ago

somehow it was about 9.5 miles, but great fall trail!

Great hike!!! I hike trail counter clockwise. Great are views from Chimney Rock, Wolf Rock, Thurmont Vista, Blue Ridge Summit, and Hog Rock. Also, great views of Cunningham Falls.

Family hike on a rainy, cold day. Really enjoyed the views although it was overcast. Only complaint is the slippery leaves and rocks that I should have expected. I think the hard rating must be due to the elevation changes. If we did it again, I would cut out the section to the ranger station. It follows the road and is not very scenic. It was well marked with opportunities to bail back to the parking lot.

hiking
6 months ago

A steep hill from Charcoal parking lot and a rocky climb down to a joining trail. Beautiful view of Thurmont and a must hike. It is a fairly rocky trail so beware.

Great hike, nice views, pretty quiet on a bad weather day.

Easily one of my favorite hikes in Maryland, Catoctin Mountain is home to several different short trails, with multiple crossover points between them. Wolf and Chimney Rock are highlights, featuring great views of the valley below and boulders that make for great picnics or pictures. Trails have a few moderate difficulty climbs, but for the most part the paths are fairly easy.

hiking
8 months ago

Really nice hike! I went in the fall and the trees covered some of the views. I can imagine the winter being a better time to go to see more from the view points.

Lots of sights. Too many people; but it’s great early. Long walk.

Good trail but short. Many people go to the falls and it can get crowded on nice days.

Harder with a 35 lb pack.

Too crowded today although it was great to see so many people out using the trails.
Also close to the road.
Trail would be better on a weekday withless people/ traffic.
Great views, beautiful woods not hard to hike.

It's a long, but easy hike. Chimney Rock is the only thing worth seeing, so I would actually recommend doing the trail in reverse, checking out Chimney Rock and Wolf Rock, then calling it a day.

overlooks are worth the hike

on Thurmont Vista

hiking
10 months ago

Parked at Thurmont parking lot and hiked with my teen daughter. Middle of the week. Had the trail to ourselves all the way up. Glorious silence. Holy cow do those gnats and skeetoes love me! I'm outta shape so It was challenging for rookie hiker like me. It got rocky and kinda steep on some parts but the feeling of accomplishment when I reached the top! The view made it so worth the climb. Even though it was a bit hazy. Will hike again.

Rocky path, but that just makes it more fun. Beautiful views at Chimney Rock. Wolf Rock has views of the crevices than an expanse, but still an interesting experience. The southeastern part has brief periods that are overgrown. Don't worry, you're still on the trail. Highly recommend.

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