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Catoctin Mountain Park - Charcoal Trail

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Catoctin Mountain Park

Catoctin Mountain Park - Charcoal Trail is a 0.6 mile loop trail located near Thurmont, Maryland and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 52 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



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.

Tue Jul 09 2019

Just a quick walk to check out Frederick County history and the Catoctin Park's Charcoal Trail. Informative signage showcases the process used by colliers to cut burn and prepare the charcoal used by the iron furnace closer to town. Empty trail today, very level and a little muddy due to the heavy rains this past weekend.... great for young families!

Sat Mar 17 2018

Nice scenery and a fun little extra trail to tack on to my trip to this park. A little bit of history was a bonus.

Fri Nov 24 2017

Great hike.

Thu May 22 2014

This was a nice, short little hike that would be great for kids. Very educational too.

1 month ago

Sat Nov 11 2017

Sun Jun 11 2017

Fri Dec 26 2014

Sun May 11 2014

Sat Nov 19 2011