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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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Great hiking!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Holly H
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 4 days ago NEW

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 3 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank timwing8
Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

It was a nice couple of hours on the trails. We enjoyed heading towards the small flowing river within and the high overlook that provided for a great cooling-off breeze. There doesn't seem to be a lot of easy parking around the visitors center, so you might want to show up early.

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Lothian, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

This more of a family event. Maple syrup demonstration. Pancake breakfast, was a bit expensive, and the room to eat was pretty chilly. Would have enjoyed more if the weather had not been rainy and cold. Great place for walking and bring your dog. They have a large lake for swimming, fishing and canoeing. Campground not far. Will come back... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

This park is a great place to meet with friends from Maryland for a day visit. Well marked walking trails, although there are many hills!

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