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Catoctin Mountain Park
Based on 61 traveler reviews
Nice easy walk to the waterfall
Oct 30, 2014 by: WeLoveDisneyland from Forked River NJ
Very peaceful quiet place to take a walk in the woods. Nice trails. Easy drive from Gettysburg, PA. Take time to see the Visitor's Center and get a trail map. A few historic sites are nearby and within. Visit the website before you go to help plan your trip.
Leaf Peeping Trip
Oct 19, 2014 by: R Dale S from Columbia, Maryland
My wife and I like to drive through colorful areas in the fall for leaf peeping. We have been to Catoctin before and really liked it. We went today (Saturday, 18 October 2014) and it was good, but not the best we have seen there in past years. Basically, we were probably a week late. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed the drive on local roads and on park roads. It was obvious that there were a lot of people parked at the many trail heads for camping, picnicing and/or hiking. The visitor center lot was over flowing.
No Peace, No Quiet
Sep 02, 2014 by: ljk73 from Annapolis, Maryland
We like to go camping over Labor Day, so this year we chose Owens Creek Campground. Our actual camp site was nice. Level tent area, large site, nice fire ring, lovely woods, great access. It should have been a wonderful weekend. There are 50 camp sites and a grand total of two (2) showers, one for women, one for men. Plan accordingly. While the restrooms had hot and cold running water as well as an outside area for washing dishes, the bathroom stalls were frequently out of toilet paper, I never saw any hand soap, and the other campers trashed the restroom to the point that the floor was a muddy mess. Worse, the noise level created by the other campers was unbelievable. Whether it was a pack of small children running through the woods screaming/playing until 9:30pm, a baby crying for what seemed like two days, or a group that brought their pack of unsocialized hunting dogs -- it was a relentless CACOPHONY of noise. This campground is part of the national park system, and there should be more and better monitoring and insistence of reasonable noise levels. It's a shame that a few inconsiderate, rude campers were allowed to ruin the camping experience of others. In the end, we left a day early to return to the suburbs where the noise level is much, much less. Tip: You must buy your firewood at the campground. It is $5 per bucket, which amounts to approximately 5-7 logs depending on size. Plan on $5 per day.
We did the main loop circuit from the visitor center
Jul 27, 2014 by: HelenaGuerra from Washington DC, District of Columbia
It's about 5 miles but there is nothing really remarkable except a few vistas in a couple of spots. The forest is beautiful though. The signage could be much better as we almost got lost at some point. The visitors center should always be referenced in the arrows along the way, in my opinion. The falls were packed and people were completely disregarding the warnings forbidding to walk on the rocks which I thought ridiculous.
Quiet Week in the Woods
Jul 02, 2014 by: pkrchrds from Savannah, GA
My wife and I stayed at Owens Creek campground in a small pop-up (no hookups) for a Sunday to Saturday camp. The site was wooded, near the creek and peaceful. The facilities were clean when we arrived late Sunday but no one cleaned the bathrooms for the first 2 days we were there. The good news was that there were only a few of us in the park. Kudos to the families of campers who arrived on our last night (a Friday). The park was as quiet that night as any. We visited throughout the park. Easy hikes and beautiful scenery. Wood is available for campfires. Thurmont or Smithburg are nearby for groceries. It you have a Verizon contract then you are in luck as it gives you great connection in most areas of the park. We even watched a US World Cup match on our phone. While the park is full of things to do, you have the added bonus of being about equidistant to both Antietam and Gettysburg, about a half hour drive away in opposite directions. We definitely enjoyed the trip and have already booked for June of 2015. There is Harper's Ferry, more hiking and a couple of vineyards left to be explored.
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