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Catoctin Mountain Park

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Address: 6602 Foxville Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788
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+1 301-663-9330

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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Great place for a hike

This is a great place for day hiking or camping. They also have rustic cabin camps year round that are popular for weddings.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Holly R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place for day hiking or camping. They also have rustic cabin camps year round that are popular for weddings.

Thank Holly R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to hike and not crowded. Located near Thurmont, MD and only one hour from Washington DC and Baltimore, MD.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

This place has amazing views, you can go with friends or alone. I went alone and the experience was amazing, very relaxing. Take your time don't hurry yourself. If you have a dog take it with you, it will has an amazing time like you.

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Raleigh, NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

We hiked to Cunningham Falls, then Hog Rock and Wolf Rock at Catoctin Mountain. The trails are well maintained and well marked. The weather was misty and very foggy so we did not get to enjoy any of the vistas, but the whole hike had a ghostly aspect that made it very interesting. Well worht the hike regardless. The ranger... More 

Thank claude_monnier
Edgewater, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

We hiked here on New Year's Day and really enjoyed it. We are older hikers and found all the hikes fairly easy. We started at the visitor center and did the 8 mile loop to Chimney Rock, Wolf Rock, Thurmont Vista, and Hog Rock. Nice trail, well maintained, with some nice but not spectacular views. Easy day trip from Annapolis,... More 

1 Thank AnnieJ52
Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

This is a really cool spot and I only wish we had made more time to explore all it had to offer. A nice quaint visitor's center with a friendly volunteer and ranger. Several short hikes as well as longer options. It shares a boarder with Cunningham State Park. We will definitely be back to explore more of both places.... More 

1 Thank Sarah C
Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Catoctin Mountain Park is a national park. It was created by workers of the CCC and WPA as a recreational park under FDR’s administration in the 1930‘s and became part of the National Park System in 1936. The park was renamed in 1954. The park is one of those “hidden gem” attractions in Maryland. It’s certainly one of the little-known... More 

3 Thank Maurene_K
Owensville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Lots of hiking available here, but with a broken foot we were confined to the car! Fall colors really lot up the forest as we made our way through. The Visitor center has a small gift shop, and regular maps and information. Cabins, camping, hiking, biking trails; and a nice paved roadway to drive through for just a visit!

Thank Denise D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I hiked from the visitor's center to Cunningham Falls to Hog Rock to the Blue Ridge Summit Overlook. It was beautiful, but the leaves are just starting to come into color. Will be amazing in a couple weeks! We got there early (8:30 am) to avoid crowds (and saw when we returned why they say to arrive... More 

1 Thank Lyn N
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

We wanted to experience Camp David as only a member of the general public can - by trail walking in Catoctin Mountain Park. It has the same physical characteristics of trails through a forest with ups and downs. We took the trail to Cunningham Falls. We were early in the year, before the trees were leafing out, but plenty of... More 

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