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Best trails in Catoctin Mountain Park

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Looking for a great trail in Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Catoctin Mountain Park ranging from 1.7 to 8.6 miles and from 823 to 1,653 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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/.

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Map of trails in Catoctin Mountain Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Contact
(301) 663-9388
Top trails (18)
#1 - Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 37 m
This loop is a combination of all of the three major loops in the Catoctin Mountain Park, totaling 8 miles and including Cunningham Falls, Hog Rock, Blue Ridge Summit, Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock, and CShow more
#2 - Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
A rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation in Catoctin Mountain Park This is a somewhat rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation known as WShow more
#3 - Chimney Rock Trail from Headquarters
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Moderate difficulty, with moderate traffic hike over rocky trails to great views from Chimney RockShow more
#4 - Cunningham Falls Nature Trail
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
Cunningham Falls Nature Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Thurmont, Maryland that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkingShow more
#5 - Falls Nature Trail
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
The most popular trail in the park, this trail takes visitors to the largest cascading waterfall in Maryland: Cunningham Falls 78 feet. This trail runs through the woods and across into Cunningham FShow more
#6 - Cunningham Falls to Hog Rock Vista to Blue Ridge Summit Loop
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
A moderate 5mi loop hike with uphill and downhill sections of the trail that include moderate to steep inclines. Features Maryland’s largest cascading waterfall at 78 feet and two stunning vistas.Show more
#7 - Cunningham Falls to Hog Rock and Thurmont Vista
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
This moderate hike through Catoctin Mountain National Park allows the hiker to challenge themselves with nearly 1200 feet of elevation gain while enjoying three beautiful vistas and a view of CunninghShow more
#8 - Wolf Rock
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Wolf Rock is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Thurmont, Maryland that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, Show more
#9 - Catoctin Mountain Park - Thurmont Vista
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 23 m
Short jaunt to Thurmont Vista, heavily wooded, modest views This isn't the best portion of trail for taking in the views along this ridge, nor does it take you to the best view along the ridge. For Show more
#10 - Thurmont Vista
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
Thurmont Vista is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sabillasville, Maryland that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikingShow more
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