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Catoctin Mountain Park - Thurmont Vista

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Catoctin Mountain Park

Catoctin Mountain Park - Thurmont Vista is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sabillasville, Maryland that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 206 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Walking Forest
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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 that you'd be much better off seeking out Chimney Rock (you can take in Thurmont Vista and Wolf Rock on your way to Chminey Rock). However, if you are just looking for a short hike with an OK view and one that can be handled by the smaller hikers then this one is worth considering. The hike itself is much like that of any other in the area. You'll see the typical Maples and Oaks that dominate the area and of course plenty of rocks. Like the rest of the Catoctin Mountains the area is largely metabasalt, created from higher pressure lava during tectonic events. Years of erosion have left these ancient rocks exposed and naturally all over the trail. Upon reaching Thurmont Vista you'll find a nice bench from which you can enjoy the view of Thurmont to the southeast.

Catoctin Mountain National Park Service: (301)-663-9388

From Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 north to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign is marked Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. The Visitor Center is on the right (stop in for maps). Continue past the Visitor Center on Park Central Road. You will be looking for the second parking area marked Charcoal Trail / Thurmont Vista.

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Rex Warnert
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mrgresick .
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Nice view but the trails are a little tight.

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Henry Applegate
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I would give this 5 stars but it was pretty crowded. It got better closer to 1700. Less people. The trail was beautiful and climbing on the rocks was fun. Family enjoyed as well.

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Bob Renshaw
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well marked but rocky trails. Heavily trafficked

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Harsh Patel
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Lauren P
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Christy Predaina
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Crowded on a Saturday

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Kirsten Brown
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Grant Dickerson
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Love the shade. Would do it again!

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Joe McHale Jr.
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Awesome

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Ryan Thomas
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Pros: Beautiful, light drizzle most of the time lended to soothing sounds while traversing gradual inclines and declines. Cons: buggy

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Erin & Adam Nickel
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A bit rocky and some cool views.

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Colin Shultzaberger
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I hate to give this anything less than 5 stars because it is a very pretty trail, but if you are at the park it's worth it to keep going a few more miles to see the other sights. This is good for a nice work out and to see the colors change during fall.

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Yi-Shin Sheu
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Trails are too rocky for my taste. Too many people on the weekend. Had to park up the hill and even that parking lot was full. AllTrails map is wrong at one point - it shows a trail but there isn’t one. Had to walk even further to get back to the parking lot.

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joe delauter
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Awesome time! Took our 7, 9, and 12 year kids with us and they had a blast. Great views and great time!

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Denny Newborn
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Jerome Deniz
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Ben Buckwalter
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The view was ok, I like Cat Rock and Chimney Rock and Hog Rock more, but still really fun!

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Gloria Oshiro
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Wonderful

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Jonathan Logan
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Alex Bardoff
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George Weissgerber
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Erin Haggerty
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Shelby Potts
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Santiago Almaraz
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Ed Hicks
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Chris Benn
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Victoria Platsynda
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Jessica Morse
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Sami Wilkie
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