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Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Thurmont, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 790 ft Route type Loop

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A rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation in Catoctin Mountain Park This is a somewhat rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation known as Wolf Rock, traveling through immense stands of hardwoods and abundant mountain laurel. Special considerations: With two outstanding vistas, add plenty of time to your itinerary for enjoying the views. Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.

Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Redwood Tower, 9th Floor, 217 E. Redwood Street , Baltimore, MD, 21202, Phone: 410-767-3400, Fax: 410-333-6643

Directions from Thurmont, MD: Travel MD State Route 77 west approximately 1.5 miles turning right at the park adminstration center. You may park in this lot.

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Colin Shultzaberger
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Hiking

I grew up near this park and have walked this trail nearly a dozen times. Wolf rock trail is relatively easy with a steep yet well maintained uphill climb, followed by a pretty casual walk to the rocks. Wolf Rock is beautiful and you can walk on top of them. You can also go to the ground level (below the rocks) and check out the view of the entire rock face from below. Keep an eye out for all types of snakes and keep your hands free of cracks and rock shelves. Chimney trail is a little bit more of a challenge, but it is very fun. Chimney Rock itself is beautiful. It is my favorite part of the park. Keep an eye out for deep crevases. Definitely watch out for sunbathing snakes near Chimney Rock in the summer. It is best to visit in Autumn when the leaves start to change.

Christa Conant
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Hiking

and Lewis Property on a hot day

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Lauren Kuta
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HikingRocky

We took the red/orange trail to red/pink to red. Got to the trailhead at 8:15 on a Monday and had no issues parking and saw very few people on trail. Trail going up was steep but well constructed with stairs to help. We continued on the red trail to come down and make the loop. The trail down was not as nice. The descent was littered with loose pieces of shale and other rocks, and when we got closer to the road, the trail was all sharp rocks waiting to break your ankle. Decided that when we do this again in the fall (I think the fall views will be stunning) we are going to make it and out and back from the visitor center. Our GPS tracked it at just over 4 miles round trip, too- a bit longer than reported.

Gautam Ramani
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Hiking

Excellent moderate hike. Not too long. Nice rock climbing by Wolf Rock. It can get crowded, so get to the Visitor Center kinda early. Nice view points make this trail worth it.

Joanna Bentz
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Hiking

Great weekday hike!

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Kat Nicole
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Hiking

Very crowded. Hard to social distance

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Samantha Herman
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HikingRockyScramble

Totally agree with what others have shared. Very rocky and be prepared because it is steep. Clocked 5.3 miles on the route we took. Had two dogs, both of which did totally fine.

Gideon Wolf
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HikingRockyScramble

I love this trail. It's extremely well marked, and the cutoffs to Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock are really obvious. It gives you some good areas to scramble, pretty decent overlooks (though in the summer, the trees do block a decent amount of the lookouts). We were told by some other hikers on Chimney Rock that they saw some rattle snakes, so that may be something to look out for. The other aspect is that it can get very rocky on the trail, so definitely bring shoes that can handle that.

Conrad Bukoski
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Hiking

Crowded at Chimney Rock lookout spot, 30-Ish peeps milling about. On trails, saw maybe 2-4 clumps an hour. Went counter clockwise at start. Moderate elevation gain over 1/3rd of a mile. Trail well maintained. National Park so no bathrooms open or available with COVID still. Small town within 10-min driving.

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Tabatha Croney
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Hiking

I’ve hiked this trail twice in 1 week, I loved the second time just as much as the first. It’s challenging in some spots, so make sure you bring water with you. It’s fairly rocky as well. The entire loop I mapped around 4-5 miles. I figure out that if you start the loop and hit Wolf Rock, then Chimney and turn around at that point to go back to where you came from, it’s a more enjoyable experience and you skip the road noise portion! Overall great hike, I’ll be back again.

Alan Perantoni
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Ditto to the other hikers' comments. Just wanted to add that it's not a good trail for dogs. The rocks are fairly rough on their paws, especially the portion that parallels 77.

Amy Garrick
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nice views at chimney rock and pretty easy trails.

Tony Roberts
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Hiking

Lovely hike up to the rocks and the overlooks. We did chimney rock and wolf rock. Saw a garter snake, a lizard, chipmunks and of course birds.

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Helena User
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HikingRocky

Decent trail, took the red/white up and headed towards Wolf Rock to eventually catch the pink/red back to the Visitor’s Center lot. I logged 4 miles, my brother logged 5. Quite rocky, had a near-rolled ankle. Some inclines, some declines. Upper end of a moderate hike.

Logan Sivils
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HikingMuddyRocky

Trails were uphill and slick most of the way up to Chimney Rock. Some of the trail was next to the road and there was a decent amount of noise pollution. The views were definitely worth the hike! I definitely recommend bringing some water and snacks, for it’s a good workout. As the signs warn the hikers, there are deep crevices once you reach the top so just use common sense and everything should be dandy!

Abbey Soltis
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HikingMuddyRocky

Pretty challenging trail. Uphill for most of the way, but the views were worth it. A little muddy, but otherwise a great trail. We parked at the headquarters, and avoided most of the traffic (if any) !!

Elaine Greenfield
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HikingMuddyRocky

Really nice trail. It is marked well and easy to follow. The first half is rather steep and rocky. I highly recommend starting very early in the day (before 8 if possible.) The parking lot fills up very quickly. This is not a hike I would recommend doing in the heat. I also recommend starting with the Wolf Rock trail, and circling around to Chimney Rock instead of the other way around. There were some sections that were rather muddy, so bring appropriate footwear. My only major complaint with the trail is that the first section of the Chimney Rock Trail is right next to the road for over a mile and has far too much noise pollution to be enjoyable.

Mary Zavilla
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HikingMuddyRocky

Was a great workout but word of warning -if you start at visitor center and do loop this home is way longer than 3.2 miles. My watch had me at about 5.5 miles. Rained whole time we were there and trail was very slick.

Tina F.
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HikingMuddyRocky

I recommend starting early and wearing sturdy shoes. As you get closer to mid morning/afternoon the amount of people increase greatly and looks like people couldn’t find parking. It’s quite muddy, and be careful on both Chimney Rock and Wolf Rock if you decide to climb further in. There are deep crevasses at both. We saw a lot of people slip and fall hard at Wolf Rock. The rocks are slippery especially if it’s just rained so take your time and watch your step!! The view at Chimney Rock is beautiful, you don’t see much at Wolf Rock except the amazing rock formations/changes over time.

Jason Swalin
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HikingRocky

Great trail!!! It is a workout early but I enjoyed the grind. The overlooks are a bit dangerous if you go to the edges. Watch young children extreme drop offs on the out cropping. Not trying to scare anyone just need common sense and there are great places to sit and have lunch or a snack.

Ally Perleoni
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HikingRocky

Pretty good trail. Can hear traffic for a good portion of the way to Chimney Rock, and the rocks themselves get very crowded so get there early. Didn’t seem to be a problem to park on the side of the road when the lots were full.

Maurene Sutton
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HikingRocky

This was a fun trail, not very secluded but could be a great work out. This is a steep trail for Kids, it took us about 3 hours (2 and 5 year old). The view at chimney rock is great, kids loved climbing on wolf rock.

Patricia Sitchon
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I enjoyed hopping over the crevasses of Wolf Rock and taking in the view on a boulder of Chimney Rock. I purposely use crevasse rather than crevice when describing Wolf Rock, since the cracks are VERY deep and wide. One could easily get hurt in the fall when leaves hide the depth. The two main attractions are worthwhile, but the hikes to get there/back are uneventful. This trail is listed as 3.2 miles but my GPS tracked it around 5 miles (my map reflects the map shown here in AllTrails). The forks in the trail are marked well.

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