Along every hill and in every bend in the trail, a new experience, a new beauty, a new connection to Nature, waits for you at Catoctin Mountain Park.
East Side Trails
Offering easy to strenuous hikes, the East Side trails can lead you to stunning overlooks and vistas, access to Cunningham Falls, along with historical and interpretive exhibits. Numerous maps and guides for the East Side trails are available.
West Side Trails
The West Side Trails of Catoctin Mountain Park offer a wilder, more quiet hiking experience. Adventurous hikers are more likely to see wildlife, wetlands, and an up-close view of nature. Remnants of former farms dot the land. The park's west side contains picnic areas, campgrounds, and Adirondack Shelters that connect with the trails. Self-guided brochures for the Brown's Farm Trail and Deerfield Nature Trail are available at the Visitor Center.
Catoctin National Recreation Trail
The Catoctin National Recreation Trail, which spans 26.6 miles and encompasses four distinct park and forest units, offers a challenging and brilliant hiking adventure along the eastern-most ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Approximately 6 miles of Horse Trails are maintained in Catoctin Mountain Park for public horseback riding. Trailer parking is available across from the entrance to Camp Greentop. If the parking area is snow covered or muddy, horse trailers should be parked at Round Meadow and horses led or ridden along the shoulder of Park Central Road to the trails.
The trail is open for day use only, from April 15th through January 31st and is closed in the winter to help preserve the trail.
Tips for Planning Your Trip
Remember, walking/hiking estimated time varies on hiking ability and pace. Finally, have fun, be safe and have an adventure!
Last updated: July 2, 2020