Catoctin Mountain Park guide. Detailed guide of Catoctin Mountain Park In northern Maryland, near Thurmont

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Catoctin Mountain Park guide. Detailed guide  of Catoctin Mountain Park  In northern Maryland, near Thurmont

Catoctin Mountain Park In northern Maryland, near Thurmont

 

The eastern hardwood forests of the Catoctin Mountains are rich with opportunities for camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking. Created during the Great Depression, the park was built by the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps as a set of neighborhood recreational areas and camps for federal employees. One of these camps eventually became Camp David, which is closed to the public. Catoctin Recreation Demonstration Area was transferred to the Park Service in 1936 and renamed in 1954.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

 

Cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding (rentals, Gettysburg), picnicking, rock climbing (permit required, see below), wildlife watching. Facilities: Visitor center, hiking trails. Bookstore. Programs & Events: Interpretive programs. Campfire programs (weekends May-Sept.), Whiskey Still talks (weekends June and Sept.), Fall Color Walks (weekends mid-Oct.). Tips & Hints: Plan to spend 30 minutes in visitor center. Hikes vary from 30 minutes to 7 hours; average is 2-3 hours. Busiest July, Aug., and Oct. weekends, least crowded Jan. and Feb.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

 

& Camping: 3 campgrounds in the park: Adirondack Shelter (free; permit required, see below), Camp Greentop (12 cabins; $350; flush toilets, showers; closed mid-June-July and Nov.-Mar.), Camp Misty Mount (26 cabins, 3 lodges; $35-$45, $90-$120 lodges; flush toilets, showers; closed late Oct.-mid-Apr), Camp Round Meadow (4 dormitories; $100; flush toilets, showers), Owens Creek (51 sites; $16; flush toilets, shower; closed late-Nov.-mid-Apr), Poplar Grove (3 group sites; $30; pit toilets; reservations required; closed Mar.-mid-Apr).  Hotels: None in park. In Thurmont: Cozy Country Inn (103 Frederick Rd./Rte. 806, tel. 301/ 271-4301; 16 rooms, 5 cottages; $52-$150), Super 8 (300 Tippin Dr., tel. 301/271-7888; 46 rooms; $61-$70). X Restaurants: None in park. In Thurmont: Cozy Country Inn (105 Frederick Rd./Rte. 806, tel. 301/ 271-7373; $6-$17), Little Creekside Cafe (210 N. Church St., tel. 301/ 271-3794; $5-$20; closed Sun.), Mountain Gate Family Restaurant (133 Frederick Rd., tel. 301/271-4373; $7). 6 Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Thurmont: Food Lion (U.S. 15 and Tippin Dr., tel. 301/271-9949). In Frederick: Trail House (17 S. Market St., tel. 301/694-8448).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

 

Free. Park Central Rd. and part of Manahan Rd. closed in winter for cross-country skiing. Permits (free) required for Adirondack Shelters and rock climbing. Maryland State fishing license ($14) required. Park open daily. Visitor center open Mon.-Thurs. 10-4:30, Fri. 10-5, weekends 8:30-5.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

18 mi from Frederick via U.S. 15 north and Rte. 77 west. Closest airports: Washington, DC (60 mi), Baltimore (65 mi).

 

CONTACTS

 

Catoctin Mountain Park (6602 Foxville Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788, tel. 301/663-9388; 301/271-3140 cabin rentals; www.nps.gov/cato). Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc. (19 E. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701, tel. 301/228-2888 or 800/999-3613).

Catoctin Mountain Park guide. Detailed guide  of Catoctin Mountain Park  In northern Maryland, near Thurmont