Catoctin Mountain Park

Catoctin Mountain Park

Catoctin's diverse cultural resources provide several vignettes of our nation's history in one small location. Native Americans quarried rhyolite for the production of lithic tools. A charcoal and iron industry is still visible today, along with smaller industries including farms, sawmills, and an old moonshine still. Historic structures and products of the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps, along with the site of our nation's first Job Corps Center, are tangible reminders of the capability of vigorous youth programs to strengthen the nation's economic and social fabric. The totality of resources found in Catoctin Mountain Park reflects much of the early fabric of our country. With 25 miles of trails winding through Catoctin Mountain Park a variety of experiences are available ranging from easy to strenuous, many leading to outstanding scenic vistas

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Hours

The park is open all year from dawn until dusk (except on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas). The Visitor Center is open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in October and 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. November 1 - March 12.

Park Central road closes in the winter months and occasional temporary partial park closures when requested for additional security.
Closures are posted on the Catoctin Mountin Park website. Please check before your visit to avoid any inconvenience or disappointment.

If the parking lots at the visitor center are full, consider parking at Thurmont Vista, Hog Rock or Chestnut Picnic Area. It is also legal to park along Route 77 as long as your vehicle is entirely outside the white line.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Entrance to the park is FREE.

Special use permits (day-use for special events such as weddings) require application to the superintendent and a $100 fee.

Camping fees vary depending on season and facility.

Activities

With 25 miles of trails winding through Catoctin Mountain 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.

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Facilities

There is a small bookstore located inside the visitor center.

Accessibility

The park Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible and the Spicebush Nature Trail is paved for wheelchair use.  Additionally, the Chestnut Picnic Area, Sawmill exhibit, and Owen's Creek Camping Area are all wheelchair accessible.

Pets

Pets are allowed in Catoctin Mountain Park as long as they are physically restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length at all times or are otherwise physically confined. Pets are permitted in Owens Creek Campground and on park trails. Pets may not be left unattended and tied to an object. Pets may not make noise that is unreasonable considering location, time of day or night, impact on park users, and other relevant factors, or that frightens wildlife by barking, howling, or making other noise.

History

Catoctin's diverse cultural resources provide several vignettes of our nation's history in one small location. Native Americans quarried rhyolite for the production of lithic tools. A charcoal and iron industry is still visible today, along with smaller industries including farms, sawmills, and an old moonshine still.

Historic structures and products of the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps, along with the site of our nation's first Job Corps Center, are tangible reminders of the capability of vigorous youth programs to strengthen the nation's economic and social fabric. The totality of resources found in Catoctin Mountain Park reflects much of the early fabric of our country. 

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Last updated: July 30, 2019
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