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Catoctin Mountain Park

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

(301) 663-9330
Visitor Center
(301) 663-9388

Explore Catoctin Mountain Park!

Catoctin Mountain 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 (11/12/07), Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

There are seasonal road closures, normally during the winter months. Please check at the park Visitor Center for more information. There may be temporary security closures. Please check at the park Visitor Center for more information.

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.

  • Picnic Areas: Picnic areas are accessible by bus and have tables, grills, and restrooms available. Chestnut Picnic Area is open all year and Owens Creek Picnic Area is open seasonally (April - November). There is a short nature trail at each picnic area.
  • Restrooms: Restrooms are available at the Visitor Center and at both Chestnut and Owens Creek Picnic Areas.

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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