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Catoctin Mountain Park
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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.
Hidden Gem -- very quiet and private
Jun 26, 2014 by: FMCMaryland from Maryland
We booked a site online for Owens Creek campground, based upon the knowledge that a friend had stayed there recently. We were looking for a quiet campground, primarily one for tenting. Owens Creek fit the bill exactly. The fee per site is $25.00. Reservations can be made online, but we found that we did not need one in the middle of the week, even in a prime weather week in June. We stayed in site #15 (there are about 50 sites total). Since there were so many vacant sites, we drove around to see if we wanted to change to another location, but we decided to stay where we started. First of all, the whole area is really nicely wooded, with large poplars and other trees. The screening between sites is excellent. There are two bath houses in the campground. The one nearest us (across from Site 18) did not have a shower, but the toilet facilities were clean and well maintained. The other bath house, not far away, is next to where the campground host was located; it had one shower stall. [Another option is the very nice bath house at the beach at nearby Cunningham Falls State Park, where there are many showers with doors that close, benches, and adjustable showers]. Each site has a tent pad, which is made of timber borders and is filled with gravel topped with wood chips. For Site #15, the tent pad was a few steps below the main part of the site where the picnic table was located, which made for even more privacy. I would avoid Site #18, which is right next to the septic field below the bath house. Wood is available for $5.00 per bucket. There is an outside water tap at the bathroom building, and there is also a separate utility sink area, so dishwashing can be done easily. There were a couple of handicapped tent sites near the wood shed area.
Great Weekend at Owens Creek
Jun 16, 2014 by: Vince B from Frederick, Maryland
We had two adjacent campsites for a Fathers day family get together. All Family Adults. We started out to do the short Owens creek hike before dinner but went straight rather then cross the river. (no maps) We ended up doing 4 miles by the time we go back to camp. Not a problem as it was still light. We did another hike the next morning. As you will find out wood for burning is bought at camp, its covered and a great deal. Be sure to pickup up a box of fire starters and you will be in great shape. An ax or knife to make kindling is also useful. I had a little blow touch which helped also. Facilities were clean. Camp was clean, There were nice camp tenders (Jim) in space #10 that answered all questions. We will definitely go back.
Nice springtime camping and hiking
Jun 10, 2014 by: Chris L from Hagerstown, MD
We spent an early June weekend camping at Owen's Creek Campground and doing a bit of hiking in the Catoctin Mountain park. The campground is well maintained. The bath houses are basic, but clean. Each has one men's and one women's shower. The campground is fully wooded, which provided lots of great shade but also meant that everything was covered in droplets of sap from the trees. Each site has a tent pad, which is basically a wooden frame with mulch. The next time, we might take a garden rake to flatten out the surface a bit for a more even sleeping surface. The park is pet-friendly, and our dog had a great time.
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