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Catoctin Mountain Park

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Address: 6602 Foxville Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone Number: 301-663-9330
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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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Remote forest redoubt that is also a presidential retreat

Where the Baltimore exurbs transition into some of the rugged wild that fills up much of western Maryland. This is great, unspoiled forestland with trails aplenty and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Chicopee, Massachusetts
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Hampton, New Jersey
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42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As National Passport enthusiasts we want to visit every site there is. We stopped on a recent road trip and were slightly disappointed. It had a lot to do with not doing enough research before we went. There is a visitor center with a nice museum and taxidermy, but that's about it for the historical part. If outside is your... More 

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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77 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Where the Baltimore exurbs transition into some of the rugged wild that fills up much of western Maryland. This is great, unspoiled forestland with trails aplenty and opportunities aplenty to go off-trail and follow the running streams you hear down below. These ungroomed areas are not overrun with bramble and underbrush, so you can make it down to the water... More 

Thank intodido
Washington, DC
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did a moderate 3 mile hike up to a view of Thurmont. Not too strenuous, but the path is rock and gravel, so you have to watch where you put your feet.

Thank David D
austin, tx
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47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed the walk to the waterfalls. It was a little rocky but not difficult at all. We had a picnic lunch by the lake, a pretty scene. It was a nice quiet place for an afternoon visit for us. There was an interesting-looking nature center with some animals, but it was closed when we were there.

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50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

It's all about your expectations. We took the western 5-mile loop, seeing both the waterfalls and the majority of the mountain. It's entirely possible the eastern trail held more to offer, but the paths themselves were a little disappointing. Parts were beautiful, but you can see and hear roads less than 200 yards away in the lower trails, suspending any... More 

Thank Nigel D
Zullinger, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

It used to be delightful drive through, but watch out for bicycles on weekends.The road really is too narrow to share with bikes, especially on curves. And commuters taking a short cut on weekdays drive too fast and make for added dangers. While beautiful, I find it hard to enjoy because of fast commuters and irritating bikers. .

Thank peggycostion
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60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

Great park, nice trails, and beautiful views! Don't pass this park up. My family and I were driving back home to Ohio from Pennsylvania and saw signs for this park along the way. We decided to stop and stretch our legs. I'm glad we did. The employees in the visitor center were very helpful.

Thank ashliladam
Germantown, Maryland
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158 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

This was my first time here. I like the trails because they are pretty easy to hike on. There are some steep parts depending where you go though. The highlight for me was the view on the rock. Also it's one of the few national parks that is free. The park ranger was helpful too.

Thank travelwithme247
Schuylkill County, Pa
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

After our Catoctin Hike (10 Oct) in the morning at Cunningham Falls State Park, my friend and I scurried over to the Catoctin Park to do the Chimney Rock Loop. On arrival 12:30pm, we found the lots full near the visitor cente (VC), drove up north of VC a bit to find other parking lot. From here we headed up... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Some great hiking here! We did a 3 hr hike and took in the views from Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock. The area around Wolf Rock was too crowded with other hikers to really spend time at the rocks. However the actual trails didn't feel very crowded at all. Interesting to see the change in plants as the... More 

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