Basic Information


Admission to the park is FREE, but for those who qualify, Military Passes and Access Passes are available at the Visitor Center.

Entrance Fees:


Nestled within the mountains of Western Maryland, Catoctin Mountain Park is one of more than 419 national park units in the nation. Whether you are a first-time visitor or come often, below is information you will need to know:

The park is open daily from dawn until dusk.

Visitor Center Winter Hours: Mid-November to early March the visitor center is open daily 9:00AM - 4:30PM. Call 301-663-9388 to confirm dates for winter hours of operation.

Visitor Center Spring-Fall Hours: Early March to mid-November the visitor center is open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The visitor center is closed on the following federal holidays:

New Year's Day

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

A man and a dog hiking on a wooded trail.

Hiking Trails

The park maintains 25 miles of hiking trails with difficulty ratings between easy and strenuous.

A wooden cabin in the woods

Camping and Lodging

You can rent a historic wooden cabin or camp under the stars.

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Alerts and Current Conditions

Alerts, temporary closures, wildlife sightings, and more.

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Permits and Reservations

Information on camp rentals, reservations, and special use permits

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find out the answers to the 11 most commonly asked questions about Catoctin Mountain Park.

Last updated: November 6, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788


(301) 663-9388

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