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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
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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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Pretty mountain park very near the DC area

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Edgewater, Maryland
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Edgewater, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
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 

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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 

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Owensville, Indiana
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283 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
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!

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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 

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

We wanted to go hiking so googled places in MD. This gem was a few hours from home so we took a chance. We planned to hike to both Chimney Rock and Wolf Rock. The trails are easy to medium hard. Much of the hike is over rocks and very uneven terrain. The area is beautiful though. This is doable... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Coming to the mountain along Highway 77 allows you to hit the primary Visitors' Center with its helpful rangers and great displays. If you arrive from Hagerstown, you will enter the park, which is beautiful, but wonder why there aren't any facilities. You will drive past a drive labeled Camp 3. Ask the ranger and you will be told it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

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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