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Catoctin Mountain Park

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Address: 6602 Foxville Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone Number: 301-663-9330
Activities: Cross-country skiing, Fishing, Hiking
Description: You can't visit the Presidential retreat of Camp David here, but you can...
You can't visit the Presidential retreat of Camp David here, but you can take advantage of the park's 25 miles of scenic hiking trails plus many outdoor activities including camping, fishing and picnicking.
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Nice day hikes

We enjoyed a couple days of hiking the trails and appreciated the helpful suggestions and recommendations of the rangers. We were briefly lost on a trail that was not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
Laurie D
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We enjoyed a couple days of hiking the trails and appreciated the helpful suggestions and recommendations of the rangers. We were briefly lost on a trail that was not well-marked, but were able to guide ourselves and another lost couple back to the course. Both easy and challenging trails offer opportunities for multiple hiking levels.

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Wiconisco
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

This is a great stopping place!! It's got a nice visitor center. It's a little small but it's got a few interesting exhibits. The ranger was very nice and helpful. It's a beautiful park with LOTS of hiking trails.

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Camp Lejeune, NC
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55 reviews 55 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Husband is always finding great little hikes to break up our trips. One, it is healthy and two, it is fun! This was no different! The visitor center is staffed by very knowledgeable people. The displays are fresh and insightful. We were very impressed with all the details provided about the area. The very short hike to the old whiskey... More 

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Maryland, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

When there's a layer of leaves on the ground, it's hard to see where the trail is. I don't believe there are blazes along the trail.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This is a great park for hiking and enjoying the scenery. Friends and I spent a lovely November Sunday exploring Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock and taking in the views and the fall colors. This is an easy drive from DC, just about an hour in good traffic. The park rangers at the visitor center were extremely helpful and gave... More 

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Forked River NJ
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109 reviews 109 reviews
59 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Very peaceful quiet place to take a walk in the woods. Nice trails. Easy drive from Gettysburg, PA. Take time to see the Visitor's Center and get a trail map. A few historic sites are nearby and within. Visit the website before you go to help plan your trip.

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Columbia, Maryland
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107 reviews 107 reviews
19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

My wife and I like to drive through colorful areas in the fall for leaf peeping. We have been to Catoctin before and really liked it. We went today (Saturday, 18 October 2014) and it was good, but not the best we have seen there in past years. Basically, we were probably a week late. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed the... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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94 reviews 94 reviews
15 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We like to go camping over Labor Day, so this year we chose Owens Creek Campground. Our actual camp site was nice. Level tent area, large site, nice fire ring, lovely woods, great access. It should have been a wonderful weekend. There are 50 camp sites and a grand total of two (2) showers, one for women, one for men.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

It's about 5 miles but there is nothing really remarkable except a few vistas in a couple of spots. The forest is beautiful though. The signage could be much better as we almost got lost at some point. The visitors center should always be referenced in the arrows along the way, in my opinion. The falls were packed and people... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Owens Creek campground in a small pop-up (no hookups) for a Sunday to Saturday camp. The site was wooded, near the creek and peaceful. The facilities were clean when we arrived late Sunday but no one cleaned the bathrooms for the first 2 days we were there. The good news was that there were... More 

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