Catoctin National Recreation Trail

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Catoctin National Recreation Trail is a 26 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Frederick, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
26.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,671 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
29 days ago

I did the entire trail in just over 9.5 hours. I parked my car near the Mt Zion Church at the northern end of the trail and started my hike at around 6 am. The AllTrails map help me navigate the entire trail. The trick is to remain on the blue blaze all the way through. The trail is well marked, however due to heavy rain, sections of the trail were full of water and had quite a few stream crossings which weren’t difficult. I did this trail in preparation for the presidential traverse hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Parked one car at Hamburg rd parking lot, and drove to Gambrill Park Rd and started the blue trail in the parking lot of the Gambrill trails. It was about 6 miles the one way, and it is pretty rocky terrain the whole way. Lots of inclines and declines, and definitely makes you sweat! It was a beautiful hike, will definitely do again!

trail running
7 months ago

Fun, challenging, remote trail. Was only able to do the southernmost section by Gambrill State Park. Would definitely complete more of this trail, especially when it's not a blizzard.