Owen's Creek Campground Loop Trail

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Catoctin Mountain Park

Owen's Creek Campground Loop Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sabillasville, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.7 miElevation gain908 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Nicely wooded trail explores Owen's Creek and Deerfield Nature Trail. The trail begins at the Sawmill Trail parking lot and starts with a short ascent along a boardwalk to the sawmill. This 1800's-era sawmill is really fascinating for the youngsters interested in how things work. Users can examine the mill try to figure out how the spinning circular motion of the water wheel is redirected into the reciprocal motion of the saw and then try to figure out how the logs were moved forward! You will pickup Deerfield trail just past campsite #30. The trail is nicely maintained here and the interpretive guide (from the visitor's center) certainly adds interest. The trail is very well marked and the map will help considerably with the only tricky spot just after you cross Foxville-Deerfield Road. Here keep an eye out for a sharp ascending left trail. This is your trail. Throughout the trail you will see the tell-tale Catoctin greenstone, lots of Beech, Maple, and Oak, and the occasional Jack-in-the-pulpit.

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

Catoctin Mountain National Park, Frederick County, MD. From Frederick, take Route 15 North to Thurmont. Take the MD 77 exit and head west (right hand turn at bottom of exit ramp). About 3 miles later the entrance for Catoctin Mountain National Park will appear on your right. As you turn into the entrance (Park Central Road) the Visitor's Center will appear on your right. Stop in to pick up the Deerfield Nature Trail guide. Proceed on Park Central Road, crossing Manahan Road, and finally making a right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. Stay alert because in about a mile you will see a small pull-over parking area on your left marked with a sign for the Sawmill Trail. This is the trailhead.

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Amelia Gilmer
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HikingGreat!Rocky

really well marked (goes from orange triangle to blue at the end) and not super heavily trafficked. took about 2hr15mins to complete at a steady pace. really rocky in certain spots.

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Lauren Pitts
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HikingMuddyRocky

Nice trails - really enjoyed how low traffic they were compared to the more popular parts of Catoctin (only saw one person today, in 7 miles). This curated route actually just goes on the road for the last half mile, but if you have 2 more miles in you at that point, instead of turning right down the road I’d keep going straight across on the blue blazed trail, then eventually come back down on the orange trail to the picnic area, comes to about 7 miles total (see my recording) Terrain is very rocky throughout, and there’s a few good inclines, so I’d consider this moderate rather than easy

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Soolah Hoops
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Hiking

I love this trail because it is close to my home and there are several block field like formations where the water runs underneath the rocks. There is a part where you have to step on rocks to cross the creek but it is not hard at all. There are small cascading sections of the creek if you get closer to it. It is a horse back riding trail on the orange blazed area but it is pretty and scenic. There are huge trees including sugar maples, tulip poplars, oaks and more. The creek is beautiful and I love to follow it. I personally enjoy this area as a quick day hike near my home and love to explore nature there. I have only explored this in the winter and can't wait until Spring arrives to see the greening start to happen.

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Brittney Senseman
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Samantha Jarvis
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Lindsey Senseman
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Andrew Slaten
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Hiking

beautiful walk, but very rocky!

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nick makris
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Isaac Moats
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Hiking

Nice trail. Parts of trail of trail were poorly marked. The ending of the trail was by the road, which was very disappointing. Took just over 2 hours.

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Leca Duke
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Thomas Haycraft
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Colin McKenna
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Natalie S.
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HikingOver grown

We did this trail on a Sunday at 9:00 am and were practically the only ones there, only passed a couple of backpackers leaving. We previously did this trail in May (see Debbie's review May 9) and LOVED it (beautiful scenery, wildflowers, some water). However, today could not have been more different. The biggest problem was the trail was VERY overgrown (think grass/brush touching your legs/thighs about 50-60% of the trail). Due to it being the end of summer I barely recognized the stream at the end of the trail and the previous underground gurgling stream which we thought was really cool was not there due to lack of water. Also ran into tons of spider webs with spiders in them. Because of these things this trail that we loved so much in May was just not the same! I would not recommend it at this time of year.

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Hans Cho
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BackpackingGreat!
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Cindy Morrow
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Hiking

Quiet, pretty

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Christy Predaina
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Hiking

Great trail. Very low traffic, no one on long portion of the trail at all. Gradual inclines no super steep pitches. Varied train and quiet peaceful setting. Just the sound of win, birds and bugs. It is a horse trail which you could tell by some of the horse poop on the trail but highly recommended. Looks like there have been issues with weather damage to the trail with downed trees in the not too distant past that have all been remediate. I think some of the past reviews where the trail was hard to follow was likely due to these issues. No problem following the trail at all. The blazes were frequent and easy to follow. The trail was easy to see even in the tall grass.

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Brendan Russell
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Jonah Kurth
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Hiking

somewhat boring terrain, not really anything to see on the route

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Andria Snyder
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Moriah Graham
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Samantha Jarvis
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Parked in the Chestnut Picnic Area and took the Orange Triangle trail around to the Catoctin National Recreational Trail.

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Merry Martle
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J B
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HikingBugs

We did the short loop, 3.3 miles. Nice trail and well marked. Take your bug spray.

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J D
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HikingBugsFloodedMuddyOver grownRockyWashed out

Meh is all it gets.

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