Cat Rock Trail

MODERATE 57 reviews

Cat Rock Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Thurmont, Maryland 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.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1971 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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river

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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.

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Be extremely careful of the Copperhead snakes that sunbath and hang out in the cracks of the giant rocks at Bob's Hill overlook. Our group were mere inches from a decent sized copperhead and it was well camouflaged.

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6 months ago

encountered a giant, fat rattlesnake as we were returning back down rocks. Posted a pic....I don't think I will climb on rocks again.

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7 months ago

Awesome, been coming here since I was a kid. Beautiful views at the top. Awesome boulders and stoney path. Can be slippery if wet.

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8 months ago

fun trail that offers great scenery and some good photo ops.

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Very nice hike! It’s steep to Cat Rock, then not too steep the rest of the way to Bob’s Hill. Trail was very quiet; Cat Rock seemed kind of unimpressive (would have to climb a huge rock formation to see views) but Bob’s Hill has very nice views.

I've also made this into an 11-mile loop for a more challenging hike: Start by going to Cat’s Rock and Bob’s Hill (or skip Bob’s Hill to make it shorter). Then take the Catoctin trail to Cunningham Falls, cross the falls & road there, and head back past the visitor center to the start. (or can start at the visitor center instead.)

Note: maps show you can’t go through at Cunningham Falls – trails don’t connect. In reality it isn’t hard to go across – many people climb the barriers to go across.