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

Well marked trail with rewarding rock outcrops . Great 1/2 day hike. We like to do this in early spring and late fall.

AMAZING HIKE!! Absolute smoker if you love hiking for time!!

Some nice views and challenging terrain at times. Walking through the woods was beautiful!

It was good not that great. but you will have couple of good views up there. for me its good experience because i climbed rock which is little bit challenging.

Cute place to swim in waterfalls!

We decided to kick of the 4th of July with a booty burner hike! It was already 85 degrees when we woke up. We sweated our ass off and got a good hike in. It was around 100 degrees by 11 am. We took the dog and ended up only doing 2.3 miles because he was struggling in the heat and we didn’t want to push him. We passed a dog that was extremely stressed and over heated on the way up. Park service came to assist the owner in getting the dog down the trail to get help. It was hard to see the dog in that condition. I’ve thought about the dog all day and pray he made it. Bring PLENTY of water to hydrate for everyone!!! Great hike. Looking forward to finishing the entire loop another time.

The first 1.2 miles are uphill and moderate to hard steep. Only water source is .5 mile up the trail so bring 2 liters of water to be safe. When rock scrambling up to Cat Rock be very careful if there is any moisture. Rocks will be slick as ice.
Once heading leaving Cat Rock you'll climb another 200ft or so and then mostly flat. Once getting to Bob's Hill be VERY CAREFUL OF A RATTLE SNAKE ! Saw a 4ft rattler sun bathing on the overlook to the right. I've lived in there area my whole life and have never seen a rattle snake in the woods and I have spent a ton of time out here. Enjoy your hike !

Great hike! Cooler than staying in DC! Lots of boulders to climb!

Fun hike. Nice overlooks and rocks for good bouldering action. I’ve taken this hike many times...

so I've only been hiking since March 2018. I did Bob's hill only from the William houck parking lot.

It's about 1.8 miles straight up! being a beginner this was a tough trail. for 9 tenths of the mile you go up up up and when you get to almost a mile it levels out for a second then you climb for about 2 tenths of a mile more til your legs wanna fall off and it levels out for a bit. how ever your still on an incline. when you get to the last 2 tenths of a mile it's straight up again.

bring plenty if water and perhaps a protein bar.

When you reach Bob's hill you can go left or right to see the views which make this climb well worth the struggle.

two things...i did come across a snake on the south side. almost stepped on it! could of been a corn snake or copperhead. I didn't wanna find out.

secondly take care coming down if you don't continue to cat rock. with all the rain the trail is very slippery and I slid down the log timber "steps" at the beginning of the decent and got a nice bruise not only on my back but my ego as well.

someone advised me to take a walking stick. it helps if you come across a snake. I was the only one on this trail.

1 month ago

nice hike, plenty of shade, some muddy spots.

I would not say this is hard but more moderate. It however was very rocky in places. The first stop we could not really see anything just trees but was a nice hike. Chimney Rock was a nice view no snakes while we were there but lots of lizards. It was worth the walk.

Nice view at chimney Rock, actually saw a juvenile rattler so beware. had a 3 year old and that was tough at times but he was a champ. Def a tough Rocky trail, wouldn't recommend unless you are ready to sweat.

Probably one of the best hikes for the area!! Crossing the road to get to the falls was a little precarious and some of the trail has stretches that run alongside the road unfortunately. It did have some fun challenges though and wolf rock was pretty cool to see! Definitely recommend doing it counterclockwise. I did also catch a woodpecker in action!!

only did 8 miles to Bob's hill and back . nice hike with doggos

first time hiker. Bob's hill was tough but pretty proud that I did it. won't be my last trip

Very nice people helping us get to know trials

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2 months ago

I highly suggest to arrive early if you want to park where the AllTrails app takes you and park near the visitor's center. We got there around 9am on a Saturday and both lots were full. Fortunately, the park posted signs along the road that additional parking was available 1/2 mile up the road. The overflow parking brought us right to the trailhead. The trails are well marked and we took the trail to the vista counter clock wise. It was a bit more challenging going this route but definitely in the lower moderate scale for difficulty. The trail was heavily traffic today but well worth the trek.

If you are desiring serenity I recommend getting their early. The first mile runs parallel with the road and it's heavily traveled. The Rocks are pretty sweet once you do finally get there. I'm glad I did it but I wouldn't do it again. Sorry I did Glen Onoko the weekend before so that's really tough to beat.

Great hike. Nice views from Bob's Hill

A 1.5 mile hike if you park at the headquarters so it's nice with kids. It's supposed to be okay for dogs, however it's steep and rocky, so only for athletic dogs with tough paws.

Was 100% worth my time. You’re going to be hiking up at a steep angle immediately, which I appreciate. It also gets moderately wet on the way up. Cat Rock is fun to climb and Bob’s Hill has two amazing views.

The cliff trail is rated moderate but it’s really more easy- moderate. I highly recommend doing the cliff trail to the falls. Nice rocks for bouldering as well.

fun hike that is not too crowded, has some rock scrambling if you want along wolf rock and amazing views of the town below

easy, well maintained trail that the whole family can do - there is even an option that is ADA accessible (parking along a road only w/ handicap passes & a flat boardwalk to a large observation area with benches) we went in early july and enjoyed the freshly ripened raspberries that surrounded the trail

Pretty easy hike. It only took me about 3.8 hours but it was worth the drive. views were cool and the waterfalls was a nice one.

Great Saturday morning hike. I wouldn’t call the loop a hard hike, maybe a medium hike.

Views weren’t great. the waterfall was nice, but wasn’t part of the extended loop

The falls were a disappointment, and it was difficult to get a good view anyway because there were railings preventing you from getting close.

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