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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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For a great hike with a truly awesome view...

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 4 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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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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Thank Judy S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Came with the kids and did the 5 mile loop. Some spots are pretty steep and I was feeling the burn for sure. I wouldn't recommend the full loop for small children (under 9) for it is a lot. The sites are beautiful. Lots of spots to stop and look around. The Cunningham falls were very nice. I enjoyed the... More 

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Thank Melissa R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

The park rangers in the visitor center are really helpful when it comes to deciding what trails to go down. There is also a little museum in the center as a little prologue to the national park. The national park is a great place to take photos to stun your friends. I took a few photos and showed them to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

We started at the visitors center where they had trail maps including mileage. There were several trail heads to start at as well as lots of Vistas to stare off of. One Tip: parking is very limited at the Visitors Center, quickly grab a map and head deeper into the park. There's plenty of parking further into the park.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

The park itself was nice, however the cabin (no. 18) was a nightmare. We entered our cabin for the first time only to inhale the musty scent of mold. We then discovered the really dusty/dirty beds covered with dead insects/ sticky stuff/ mold. Had to wipe them down with antibacterial wipes before using them. Being allergic to mold, it only... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

I finally visited Catoctin Mountain National Park and had a wonderful time hiking. I only live 30 minutes away, so I really want to take advantage of it more. What a beautiful place. Lots of big trees and boulders and rock outcroppings. The forest is interesting and varies. There are many Chestnut Oaks at the higher elevations mixed with red... More 

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