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A beautiful place to take a hike.

We are not hiking people. We stopped by this site on route between other places. Had no clue that... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
pk1363
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Lemont, Illinois
Good hiking

Spent an afternoon hiking here. Trails are well marked and maintained. There are a large number of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LDavidMarquet
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This review is strictly of the Cunningham Falls trail. Other parts of the park may be wonderful.

We asked the park ranger about hiking difficulties on each trail. I am still recovering from my second knee replacement, so not quite back to harder trails. We told the ranger this. She suggested the Cunningham Falls trail, 1.4 each way. 1.4 miles each way where I had to watch my every footstep due to roots, rocks, and wet leaves, plus stepping down quite a bit......so we cross the road and arrive at the handicapped access to the falls..go to the end to take pictures, only to have an obstructed view and only to see the people who came in through Cunningham State Park at an access point just a few feet away from ours that had a clear view of the falls. So close, but no way to get there from the handicapped access!

So we should have paid $5 to get into the state park....When were almost back at the beginning we spoke with someone who was planning to take the hike until we showed him a picture of what he would get at the end. He turned around and was headed to the state park.

Back in the visitors' center, I complained to the ranger that 2.8 miles watching every footstep to come to an obstructed view of the main attraction was so not worth our time.

Thank GreenUnicorn
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are not hiking people. We stopped by this site on route between other places. Had no clue that this was the property that contained Camp David until after we got back home and checked it out on Google Earth. There is plenty of hiking to be had here, through absolutely gorgeous wooded lands, and nearby streams. The day we stopped by, which was not a holiday, the parking lot at the Visitor Center was packed. Not a space to be had initially. Inside the Visitor Center, the place was buzzing with activity. Hikers listening intently to the Rangers explaining the trail. Worth a stop even if you don't hike, I think.

Thank pk1363
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent an afternoon hiking here.
Trails are well marked and maintained. There are a large number of people, many with dogs let off leashes.
Some trails are quite rocky.

Thank LDavidMarquet
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Reviewed September 4, 2018

I spent Labor Day weekend at Owens Creek. The camp was pretty full all weekend and even though the sites are close together, it was relatively quiet and peaceful. Firewood is available for $5 a bucket, enough for 2-3 fires. Facilities were clean. Park Rangers and the host camper patrolled the park several times a day. There are a few handicapped accessible sites. Lots of hiking opportunities nearby ranging from short, easy hikes, to longer, more challenging hikes.

Thank Kathy S
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Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

Came here after a recommendation from a local - he was not wrong. After a short stop in the visitor center to plan which of the dozens of trails I might check out - hardwood forest, beautiful overlook, waterfall, or perhaps the place of a gun battle with whiskey runners. Yep - it's all here - and who can resist a good story involving a roaring 20's gun battle, so it was the blue blazes trail for me. It's a short walk to a recreation of a still at the location of a real one that resulted in a decent gun fight that resulted in the death of a local lawman. Very interesting stuff - definitely worth seeing!

Thank 962anthonyp
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

Still one of the best hikes in Catoctin Mountain Park, and I'll go so far as to say in the state of Maryland. Yes, it's the most challenging and strenuous hike in the park, but the view is worth everything. Start at the Visitor Center right off of Route 77. From the parking lot, hit the trail and 2.2 miles and over 1400 feet up the mountain later, you will see one amazingly gorgeous view. Bring a snack and with plenty of areas to sit and take it all in, the overlook at Chimney Rock is most certainly worth the hike up. Bring your camera and be ready to enjoy the view.

1  Thank SpanishteacherMD
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Reviewed August 16, 2018

Located in the mountain ranges of ‘Catoctin National Park’, this Mountain Park is about an hour and a half drive from Washington DC. This park houses the famous retreat of American Presidents ‘Camp David’ in its midst. You go along the Park Central trail and start your walking from ‘Hog Rock Nature Trail’ (see Map photo). This starting point is just a stone throw away from ‘CAMP DAVID’. You won’t know it however, as entry to this camp is not open to public. Best to walk up to ‘Cunningham Falls’ about 2.5 Km away. The weather is excellent for walking. Best to keep some energy bars and water with you for this walk. There is no parking at ‘Cunningham Falls’. Start your day by visiting the ’Visitor Center’ first. It is a worthwhile visit into beautiful wilderness, if you have a day to spare while visiting Washington.

2  Thank wallacejain
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

The mountain offers several trails of varying difficulty, mostly moderate-to-hard I would say, based on some steep hills and at times rocky, uneven paths. Trails are very well maintained, and marked. We did a 7.6-mile loop, starting at Hog Rock parking, and including Cunningham Falls, Wolf Rock, and Thurmont and Blue Ridge Summit vistas. With some stopping time take pictures, lunch by the creek, and extra-exploring, we covered it in about 4 hrs, but we were not racing for time. Wearing proper shoes, the right clothing, and bringing a day pack with water and food (and rain gear if the weather suggests), is a great idea.
It was hot, but shaded by trees, but in warm/hot weather you will work up a sweat hiking uphills several times, so once again: water, and good shoes are a must. The small visitor's center is great, has a store, and neat nature/history stuff, restroom, and very friendly and helpful rangers. Here you can get a very good can clear map, and they can help you select the trail for your time and ability. For Saturday, there were quite a few groups, and morning parking at the visitor's center was hard, however, the rangers will suggest you several other lots to park at.

1  Thank L-Bolek
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

We stopped here up while driving north on Route 15, just to see what it was all about. The ranger was so helpful in explaining the various trails and pointing out some easy walks for us since we were not dressed appropriately for heavy duty hiking.

We chose to hike the Hog Rock Nature Trail, which is very easy although a little uphill. The trail itself is dirt and small rock with a few logs holding back the dirt and some tree roots, so do watch your step. My biggest disappointment, the rock ! I thought Hog Rock would be a natural oddity, or maybe shaped like a hog -- but alas it was an area where the hogs used to graze.

Grab a map at the start of the trail which is across the street from ample parking and a unisex potty. Great for seeing some nice rock formations, different trees (with signage telling you what they are), and a well marked trail. It was less than a mile round trip and very enjoyable.

Thank Nprus
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

We stumbled upon Catoctin Mountain Park by accident late in the afternoon after leaving Antietam Battlefield. We viewed the exhibits and if we would have had more time we would have taken a hike on one of their trails. The rangers and volunteers were all friendly & helpful.

Thank Ron T
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