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Catoctin Mountain Park Circuit

Circuit hike for Visitors Center, Cunningham Falls, Hog Rock, Blue Ridge & Thurmont Overlooks, Wolf & Chimney Rocks.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 9.4 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  OVERVIEW: This 9.4 mile circuit hike offers all of the scenic highlights in Catoctin Mountain National Park. Beginning with Cunningham... more »

Tips:  Bring plenty of water, especially in the humid summer months. Walking poles assist with inclines and declines. Bring lunch along as... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Catoctin Mountain Visitor's Center

14707 Park Central Road, Thurmont, MD Park here and cross road to begin trail.

2. Falls Nature Trail Start to Cunningham Falls 2.8 Miles

3. Cross Trail Point

Veer left to cross road to continue to Cunningham Falls.
After viewing falls, return the same way to this cross-trail point to continue to Hogs Rock.

5. Hog Rock Nature Trail

Begin the uphill climb towards Hog Rock.

6. Hog Rock

Not precise location

7. Road crossing

Cross Road to continue on trail. Restroom located here. Parking area is for Hog Rock Trail.

8. Blue Ridge Summit Overlook

Looking west towards Camp David.

9. Trail Markers

Shown in progressive order.

10. Thurmont Vista, Catoctin Mountain, Maryland

11. Wolf Rock, Catoctin Mountain, Maryland

12. Chimney Rock, Catoctin Mountain, Maryland

Super overlook. After lunch, return and head right to begin descent.

13. To begin descent

14. Keep an eye out for this switchback to continue

15. Waterfall View

16. Views along this stretch of trail

17. Alternate Incline Route

From this point, turn left to continue along trail that leads to the road and back to the Visitor's Center. This off-trail section offers a 500' incline over 2/3 miles, and is bushwacking until the trail is located.

18. Veer left to descend to Visitor's Center