Explore the most popular hiking trails near Sabillasville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I did this trail as a shakedown hike with my new backpacking gear. Made a reservation for 1 of the 2 shelters (equipped with outhouse and fire pit) that are located close to the halfway point. Perfect setup for this, or even just for a quick overnight trip. The trail has some moderate ups and downs, nothing to serious. Well marked trail. I loved the shelters. The surrounding trees are gorgeous and a little stream meanders behind the site. Leaves were not yet on the trees, so stargazing was possible and the sky was dark enough to see more than in town. I will definitely be back!

hiking
1 month ago

nice hike with the dogs

hiking
1 month ago

I went last week. Nice hike. When I got to the vista though, a large group was already there so I didn’t have a place to sit to admire the view.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike around 1.1 miles. Great overlook. Gravel surface but groomed well. Little bit of Traffic as it is an easy one for the kiddos. 4 year old had a blast.

trail running
4 months ago

Loved it! Trail is well marked and challenging! Cannot wait to run it again! I would like to complete the entire trail.

5 months ago

Finished the full 22 (out and back) in a little over six hours. It was a nice hike. Moderate difficulty, mostly coming over Bob’s Hill. Well marked which was nice with the leaf cover.

hiking
5 months ago

I definitely would not consider this a “moderate” hike. I extended it and went over to Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock and I still didn’t think this was moderate. The hike itself is easy. With the leaves covering the trail and some of the rocks, it could be considered lightly moderate in winter/fall. Otherwise, it was a lovely easy hike and I would definitely do it again! The views were nice and it was good to be in nature.

hiking
5 months ago

A steep hill from Charcoal parking lot and a rocky climb down to a joining trail. Beautiful view of Thurmont and a must hike. It is a fairly rocky trail so beware.

Had the trail to myself on a cool November day. Nice trail, little Rocky in places with a section of really big trees that must have blown down recently.

Dog friendly, moderate. Would do again!

hiking
7 months ago

Really nice hike! I went in the fall and the trees covered some of the views. I can imagine the winter being a better time to go to see more from the view points.

hiking
8 months ago

Not sure why this is rated as Moderate as it is a very easy trail. My 8, 6, & 4 yr old had no issues at all. It is almost completely flat the entire trail with very few inclines/declines of any significance. Great for young kids and a great overlook view along the way.

on Thurmont Vista

hiking
9 months ago

Parked at Thurmont parking lot and hiked with my teen daughter. Middle of the week. Had the trail to ourselves all the way up. Glorious silence. Holy cow do those gnats and skeetoes love me! I'm outta shape so It was challenging for rookie hiker like me. It got rocky and kinda steep on some parts but the feeling of accomplishment when I reached the top! The view made it so worth the climb. Even though it was a bit hazy. Will hike again.

walking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Easy for kids too. Tree identification signs

on Thurmont Vista

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Decent trail for anyone to hike

hiking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

3 of 3 trails in Catoctin Mountain Park I hiked today.

hiking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

2 of 3 trails in Catoctin Mountain Park I hiked today. great Hike.

hiking
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I started this trail at Manor Visitor Center, went up to Bobs Hill, continued over the hill and down to Catoctin Hollow Road. Stopped at the Big Hunting Creek just beyond the road before taking the same trail back up the hill and back to Manor VC. It was a 10-mile round trip, and 2,300 ft in elevation gain. I would say the trail up from Manor VC is steeper than the trail on the west side of the hill. The trail is less traveled beyond the two overlooks on the east side of the hill.

trail running
Friday, September 23, 2016

Started at the Gambrill park lot and went north to Hamburg. Out and back. Trail is marked pretty well. Any points where I had to make a choice in the watershed was pretty obvious because of the big red marks painted on the tree that are not the blue trail. I will definitely do again sometime. Hopefully all the way to the manor area of Cunningham park. The only problem I have is the all trails app would not let me check in to this trail at the souther end. That should be fixed.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Can't beat the view. Sat there forever, just soaking it all in.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

The view was ok, I like Cat Rock and Chimney Rock and Hog Rock more, but still really fun!

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Good trail. Expect a rocky outing. Good loop plus Wolf Rock was fun.

hiking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

Hiked this with our three dogs today. Challenging due to considerable incline and loose rocks at times during declines.

Great wide trail - even if we passed-by some large groups, trail was spacious enough that we didn't have to go into the brush for the sake of doggie excitement.

hiking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hiked from the parking lot to the Hog Rock down to Cunningham Falls in the Spring before the leaves came in on a cloudy day. Not much of a view as a result but would be gorgeous otherwise. Short but somewhat steep downhill...easy overall but could present challenges for some. Falls was crowded.

hiking
Monday, February 22, 2016

Wonderful

hiking
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Me again. I continued my hike of the Catoctin Trail where it crosses the Hamburg Road and turned around about a 1/2 mile past Creek Road (gravel road). There are a couple of pretty ponds along the route and since I was hiking in late fall the falling leaves added to the beauty of them. Trail wasn't too bad but some sections where a little tricky with the leaves hiding the rocks on the path. There were a couple of mountain bikers on the trail.

hiking
Saturday, September 26, 2015

The southern end of the Catoctin Trail starts in Gambrill State Park. There is a trailhead at the start which can fill up on a busy weekend day. There are several over park trails so you want to take the blue blaze trail on the right (east) side of the parking lot. If you hike to the Hamburg road (which also has parking) and back you will have gone almost 11 miles. I rate this portion of the trail as moderate. Hills are not too steep but there are a lot of rocks on the trail. Trail was active in the park and near Hamburg road (some bikes and runners) but pretty empty in between. Next hike will start at Hamburg Road and head north.

on Hog Rock Nature Trail

scenic driving
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

One of the best views I've seen in Maryland. Park right in the gravel lot, and walk 30 feet to the stairs. You can walk to the edge, or climb down along the left side and stand on one of the lower ledges.

Love the colors of the graffiti, but wish they could have actually made art out of it and not just a bunch of names.

You can then hike down the trail to the left of the rock and eventually join up with the Appalachian trail. It's a pretty rocky and steep climb down though, was not particularly scenic or enjoyable.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Nice hike. Part if a 6 mile loop we did from visitors center. Will be back in the fall to see the seasons change!

on Thurmont Vista

Monday, August 10, 2015

Did a loop from the visitors center totaling 6 miles. Nice day with the pups!! Got out there early to be the heat and the people. Headed to a winery for picnic lunch :)

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