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Catoctin Mountain Park
Based on 48 traveler reviews
A Small Scenic Park
Apr 15, 2014 by: pjf41 from Thurmont, Maryland
This park offers a great place for a day trip full of natural beauty. There are plenty of places to hike and explore. A family visit will offer lots of activities for adults and for children. For additional variety, this park lies adjacent to a Maryland State Park (Cunningham Falls State Park) that extends the area for enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery.
A MUST HIKE
Nov 07, 2013 by: hikinghag from Howell, New Jersey
If in the area, Catoctin Mountain Park is a definite must to hike. Do the 8-mile loop for full experience. Depending on your ability, allow anywhere from 4-6 hours for many stops & scenics. Personally, I'd omit the Cunningham Falls side trip. It's all fenced in and not very impressive. Two negatives: Park office should open earlier. 9:30am is too late for most serious hikers to wait for any additional info they may need before starting a hike. At least maps are provided at door for those who haven't had the foresight to download the many that are available online. Also, even though most of the 8-mile loop trail is pretty obvious to follow (there are no blazes, btw), it got quite confusing early on especially w/leaves on the ground since we hiked in late October. It would behoove park officials to at least wrap some tape around more than just a few far-scattered trees to aide hikers in staying on trail. Tip: If at all possible GO ON A WEEKDAY! This is a highly popular place and a literal zoo on the weekends! We went on a Monday and it was heaven. Note: Many parts of the park are closed when the President is in residence at Camp David, which is literally on the outskirts of the park. Make sure to find out if he's there when you plan your visit.
Sep 03, 2013 by: Tracy S from Findlay, Ohio
Beautiful scenery, lovely place. Paths are a bit hard to navigate if you are not sure footed, a lot of rocks and up and down hill climbing. Very enjoyable for our family, we hike regularly.
awesome labor day week end in Catoctin Mountain
Sep 02, 2013 by: Michel M from Washington DC, District of Columbia
We spent the Labor Day week-end camping at Owens Creek campground. It was a great experience despite the rain!
Quiet and serene for a get away from it all
Sep 01, 2013 by: KSC77 from Lawrenceville, GA
I had a short visit on a rainy morning, but the beauty and peacefulness were apparent. Having more time to hike or camp, would be ideal in this natural setting. I imagine that fall color in this area would be magnificent for a day or a weekend trip!
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