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Catoctin Mountain Park

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Address: 6602 Foxville Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788-1598
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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Very Rustic, very quiet, more rugged than you'd think

I was having visitors who wanted to go camping. We needed a cabin because one of the campers was only 8 months old and still nursing. The dad wanted his toddler to get the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mary Pat C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was having visitors who wanted to go camping. We needed a cabin because one of the campers was only 8 months old and still nursing. The dad wanted his toddler to get the experience of sleeping in a tent. I checked this place out to compare it to Cunningham Falls -- I knew Cunningham Falls would have tent campsites... More 

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Thank Mary Pat C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Catoctin Mountain Park is conveniently accessed from Hagerstown and Frederick. The main road through the park is a quick, but great drive through a forested canopy. There are numerous great hiking trails, long and short, which are accessed from trailheads right along the road.

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Thank Brendan O
Lexington, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Camp Misty Mount served as our headquarters for a weekend of cycling and exploring the local Civil War Battlefields in the area. Visitors and campers need to know what they're getting in to. I was not sure. The bottom cabin group only has the women's restroom facilities, the middle group only men, so there is some hiking involved. The upper... More 

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Thank Jonathan R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely park! Dog friendly, beautiful park with great well maintained trails. Be warned some are very rocky not easy hikes. Parking during peak hours is a bit sucky. But over all a wonderful huge really nice park.

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Thank Rebecca C
State College, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If your plans take you to the park visitor center, go early to avoid parking hassles. Several trails begin and end at this point and there just aren't enough parking spaces to accommodate the demand.

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Thank travelingfool49
Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my daughter and her friend for a fun hike in Catoctin Mountain Park, overseen by the National Park Service. I had done quite a bit of research on this one hike that I had heard about, called Chimney Rock. The pictures I had seen were gorgeous; the degree of challenge would be perfect for myself and my hiking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful park with easy access trials and well marked. Fall was gorgeous with the Fall colors. Easy to find and not too crowded

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

I drove some distance into the park. I you love the outdoors and the solitude of the forest, this is the place to visit. trails, hiking, history,... near the Appalachian Trail.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Mostly moderate difficulty hikes, but there is a boardwalk access to the Falls suitable for a wheelchair. Well-visited eve on a very hot July day...lots of families with kids having a blast. Peaceful and free!

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Thank Holly H
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Following signs to a picnic area well inside the park I found a short trail with signs along the way telling the evolution of the area from private farming to forests and the damage done by invasive plants. Another trail shows the history of logging to make charcoal. Very relaxing and educational at the same time.

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