Permits & Reservations


Special events such as recreational activities, filming, and commercial photography may require a Special Use Permit. Please refer to the current Superintendent's Compendium on the Laws & Policies page for a complete list of activities and areas. A nonrefundable processing fee of $150.00 must accompany the application. Your permit may require the payment of cost recovery charges and/or proof of liability insurance. First amendment activities do not require an application or fee but may be limited to specific areas.

Download an application:

Special Use Permit Application for an Event (doc 823kb)

Special Use Permit Application for commercial filming or photography (.doc 829kb) Filming or photography that requires the use of actors or models and equipment, beyond a tripod, requires a special use permit.

If you have any questions please contact our Permit Coordinator.


Reservations and Campground Rates

Catoctin Mountain Park has facilities for lodging, camping, and special events. See below for information and fees. If you have questions please contact our Permit Coordinator.

To obtain a permit application for a special event (organized recreational activity) see the "Permits" section above.

  • Handicapped Accessible Tent Pad Sites and Cabins are available.

  • Use of alcohol is prohibited.

  • Pets are allowed at Owens Creek Campground only and must be leashed at all times.

  • Service animals only at all other sites.

  • Reservations Required. No Walk-Ins.


COVID-19 Update - March 26, 2020

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities, Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center and campgrounds are temporarily closed. All park trails and parking areas remain open. However, restrooms, drinking water and trash receptacles are unavailable. Please plan your visit accordingly.

For more infromation on specific campgrounds visit our Camping and Lodging Pages



Last updated: July 2, 2020

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6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788


(301) 663-9388

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