Looking for a great trail near Boonsboro, Maryland? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, forest trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Catoctin Mountain Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Boonsboro ranging from 4.6 to 21.5 miles and from 833 to 1,870 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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Added an extra mile or so to go out to Black Rock, which was less crowded. A bit steep at the beginning but fairly level for a majority of the trail. The path is pretty rocky so watch your step. The views at Annapolis Rocks and Black Rock were nice. Great hike!

Beautiful park and great trails.

Really great trail. Hike up can be a bit steep. Challenging, but not super difficult. nice shade throughout and decent view at the summit. Plan to hike this trail again soon!

Absolutely beautiful views! We went in the fall when the leaves were changing. Breathtaking.

Great trail. Strep and strenuous at first for me. I just took my time and once you get got the top it is an easy hike. Lots of dogs on the trail we also brought out dog and he loved it.

We took the path from the Greenbrier visitors center straight up the main Appalachian Trail and then head towards “Georgia” for the Washington Monument. Considerably steep and rocky path up to the AT. It it levels out somewhat on the AT itself. I think it was about 3.7 out and back. View was mighty hazy and the monument is surrounded by scaffolding so the view was not great and we didn’t really experience the monument. Maybe next time. Still a great section of trail and lots of nature to take in and a little wildlife. deer and smaller creatures. Next time we will check out the beach in the park too. We were there on 2 June 2019.

Rough beginning but then pretty flat! Beautiful view! Worth the workout!

Well maintained, well marked trail. A couple of places that got your heart rate up but overall pretty easy trail. Awesome view at the top!!

Great trek; make sure to have bug spray. There are no wide-sweeping views but a lot of ups/downs .

23 days ago

Very steep grade going north from the I-40 parking lot but worth it!

on Big Red Trail

over grown
1 month ago

Great signage and well marked. Easy to take other trails to trim down the mileage if you decide you want to get off this trail. Two stream crossings, a bit muddy and overgrown in spots. Overall it was a nice walk in the woods.

Very nice hike overall. It was not hard of a trail at all if you are an avid hiker like myself so I decided to trail run back down. Very scenic overlook if you have the right conditions. Also a good place for sunsets. Unfortunantly it was too foggy for me to get a good one.

Beautiful views. Worth the uphill climb on all the steps. Great day for a hike!

Quick side trail to the monument off the AT. Located in the park. Closed for repairs.

Pretty easy trail to walk! Most beautiful place I’ve ever been. A little muddy though, so be careful if it’s rained recently!

on Washington Monument

1 month ago

Easy walk with nice views from the monument

Hiked this from Pen Mar down to the 70 foot bridge. We added on side trips to High Rock, Raven Rock, Black Rock, and Annapolis Rock to up the mileage and to enjoy the views. There is a small lot off of Wolfsville Road by Ensign Cowall Shelter if you feel like you need a bail out point. I would definitely recommend this trail.

1 month ago

We really enjoyed this trail, going counter-clockwise from the beach, we walked past the boat ramp to the trail head. Heading in, we felt the trail was well kept, looked rather simple, just a path in the woods. We found the stream that others have mentioned and it was fun for our son to play around in for a few minutes. We moved on, finding the incline. From the incline, it becomes a fantastic workout on top of a good hike. We like moderate trails and like to work a little for our time in nature. The rest of the trail was just as nice. We are an active family and my husband was under two weeks recovering from a liver surgery to remove metastatic cancer (he has a 12in cut and is healing well). I wouldn’t recommend anyone really try this two weeks after surgery, but my husband continues to prove to me that he is Superman (seriously though, it could be a tough trail for someone with knee or other issues). Anyway, on the last part down, the view of the lake was lovely. Our son played on some large rocks as we made our way back to the car. Definitely a fun trail!

Great time on the trail. Rocky at some points but surely quite an easy outing for anyone involved. Overlook was breath taking! Definitely worth the time.

Great hike that’s not super time consuming. Good place to catch sunset

2 months ago

The Big Red Trail was well marked and well maintained. There were some muddy areas but the majority of the trail was very manageable. I will definitely try this trail out again later in the spring when there is more foliage.

Lovely piece of trail. I started from Greenbrier State Park. Several change is microclimate. Varied terrain. Really pleasant, dry trail. Look forward to seeing it again when the leaves come out. 10APR, a Wednesday afternoon, only saw three other people on the trail.

Lovely section of the AT. I started at Greenbrier State Park and hiked to Annapolis Rock and back. 09APR, Trail was dry, leaves only just beginning to bud. Only a handful of other hikers on a Tuesday.

Great trail! It took me about 2.5 hours. The views are beautiful, especially once you get to Black Rock Cliff! Bring water.. the way there is almost all uphill. It’s very worth it though.

First time going SOBO from the Myersville trailhead of the AT. Definitely less crowded and much more peaceful. As someone else mentioned, the big elevation gain is in the last quarter to half mile coming into the Washington Monument so make sure you save a bit of gas for it. Pretty views and cool history from the overlook, take a few extra minutes to climb up the spiral staircase and go to the top of the monument. I was surprised by the amount of downed trees on the ridgeline from storms; although there weren't leaves on the trees yet, I imagine even when there are, there will still be big gaps in the canopy.

Definitely a challenging but fun day hike. In and out in 2.5 hours. Breathtaking views once you get there... be warned, the trek up is almost all uphill.

This was a great endurance test. Most of the trail after Lamb's Knoll is flat and monotonous, but you get a bit of break at Gathland SP where you can hit up the bathroom and refill your water. After that, you should take the brief detour to soak in the view from Weverton Cliffs before entering the final stretch. Would definitely recommend

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