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“sooo nice”

Catoctin Mountain Park
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Thurmont
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 21, 2013

i loved the fall sooo much..and the mountain side lake was just awesome...a great place to visit..enjoyed a lot!!the place is so much exciting.nice view of mountain from the lake.although the fall is not so big, the environment was very nice.

1  Thank sadia_roti
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Catoctin Mountain National is not a huge, gated park like Yellowstone, etc. It is a quiet, lovely place in the gentle Maryland mountains. A fine trout stream runs along the boundary and there are hiking trails to suit most abilities. There are campgrounds of various types: cabins, tenting, group camping. WIldlife abounds, including whitetail deer, bears, foxes, possums, squirrels, etc. There is a wealth of flora for the amateur botanist and birdlife without number. A road runs through the center, passing the unmarked entrance to Camp David. There is a pleasant Visitors' Center with exhibits and clean public restrooms. In winter there is a good cross-country skiing track, and horse trails are open the rest of the year (BYOH). The park is near the small town of Thurmont where there is a motel and some restaurants, grocery stores and other basics. For a day trip or longer, this is a delightful getaway for anyone who loves the outdoors. I have visited countless times over the past 35 years, and done volunteer work as well, but I will choose one visit for Trip Advisor.

5  Thank Lowtech
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

We enjoyed driving around the Catoctin Mountain State park. We got out and did a little hiking. We stopped at Pryors Orchard to pick up some fresh peaches. Apples are coming in August :)

1  Thank raiford2727
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

We hiked here while staying at Cunningham Falls State Park. There were very friendly Park rangers that explained all of the trails to us, the maps are free, and there is no entrance fee.

Note that this park is not mountain-bike friendly. From what we could tell, no bikes are allowed on the trails.

We happened to be there when the Obamas were there too, so the central part of the park was closed, but there was still lots of hiking to be done.

Be sure to bring lots of water when you hike during the summer. Maybe plan to take a dip in the Cunningham Falls at the State park when you finish up at Catoctin.

3  Thank Emily W
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Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

We just got back from two nights tent camping at Catoctin Mountain, Owens Creek camping site. Right now they don't take reservations, so since we had a few hours drive we decided to go Mon-Weds to make sure we'd get a site. Next year we are told reservations will be required. There were only about 5 of the 50 sites used on Monday, and only one other person was there the next night. Even on weekends, the host site folks said it is not busy. Just about every site is wonderful and all have picnic table, fire ring and tent pad. They say you can bring up to a 22' trailer but there is no electric or water hookup . One nice surprise the website does not tell you is that yes there ARE flush toilets (and limited hot showers) at the camping loops. If you go, note that the visitors center is not open during the week-kind of disappointing. Check for hours. There seem to be some summer ranger talks etc on weekends. We had to get a trail map from the campground host site folks. DO take some cash or check to cover the cost of the stay. And if you have a National parks senior pass, take it because then it's only $10 a
night! Buckets of self selected firewood are available for $5 each. You are not allowed to bring in your own wood.
When we were there it was extremely quiet and being a bit of a skittish personality myself, this felt too isolated for me. However, my husband said it is his favorite park and he, being far more well adjusted, enjoyed it immensely. :)He relaxed right away! I was looking about for bears like a silly person. I don't think bears are any kind of issue though. I did see a pair of pilated woodpeckers which was a delight! The birds are great!
The hiking trails looked great on the map. We did about a five mile one, but that is all because it rained.
Next time we go, we will go on a weekend so there will be a smattering of others and I'll feel less like the only couple around ! Btw, there is not a camp store. The State park, Cunningham Falls, has one and it is nearby but I think it is past the entrance to that park. Not sure if they will let you in just for that without paying. We got ice at the Food Lion in Thurmont. They also had packaged kindling which we really needed those rainy days!
One last thing. If you have kids who might like more activities and commotion, try Cunningham Falls State park. It has swimming, swing sets etc. if u want a pure tent camping quiet time, Catoctin
Mountain is your place .

7  Thank PattyPhiladelphia
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