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Catoctin Mountain Park

courtesy of the National Park Service

Contact Information:
6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788


Size: 5,810 acres

Location: 20 miles east of Hagerstown, Maryland. From MD 15 North, exit onto Route 77 West, go 3 miles, and turn right onto Park Central Road. From Hagerstown, take Route 77 East and turn left onto Park Central Road.

Description: Part of the forested ridge that forms the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains in Maryland, this mountain park has sparkling streams and panoramic vistas of the Monocacy Valley. Camp David, the Presidential retreat, is located within the park. It is not visible from the roads and is closed to the public.


courtesy of the National Park Service

Activities: With 25 miles of hiking trails winding through both Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park a variety of experiences are available ranging from easy to strenuous, many leading to outstanding scenic vistas. The roads of Catoctin Mountain Park offer scenic driving all year; but, portions of Park Central Road and Manahan Road are closed in winter. Camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing, fly-fishing, cross country skiing are all available at Catoctin Mountain Park.

Operating Hours:
Park is open year-round during daylight hours. Visitor Center hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:00am to 4:30pm; Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am to 5:00pm; closed for the following winter federal holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, President's Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Owens Creek Campground is open April 15 through the 3rd Sunday in November. Camp Misty Mount, a family cabin rental facility, is open from April 15th through the end of October. Poplar Grove Youth Group Tent Camping Area is closed from March 1st through April 15th.

Catoctin Recreation Demonstration Area transferred from Resettlement Administration on November 14, 1936; changed to Catoctin Mountain Park on July 12, 1954. 

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