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Catoctin Mountain Park
Based on 47 traveler reviews
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!
Catoctin loop trail would be nice in fall...
Aug 27, 2013 by: mdkayaker89 from
The 7+ mile loop includes what backpacker magazine titled marylands "best view" chimney rock. The view is average in my opinion. It does give you that mountain "feel" that's worth the drive from Baltimore/dc for a day hike. The hike can take 4-5 hrs. And you can see cunningham falls. the park must be very pretty in the fall. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME ON THE WEST SIDE TRAILS. they are primarily successionary forest trail that are over grown on both sides allowing for more spider webs than you could ever imagineno exaggeration my hike from the parking lot to my lean to I must have walked into 35 spider webs. This is a good place for people who want to get into backpacking ,can practice here the park offers" FREE" adirondack style shelters that are 3 miles from the parking lot all you need to do is make a reservation online. even come with a pit toilet. the hike however is rather boring but easy for a begginer and only worth a one night stay.
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