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A long distance hiking/biking trail along Catoctin Mountain


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Map Key

26.3

Miles

42.3

KM

Point to Point

1,770' 539 m

High

633' 193 m

Low

3,856' 1,175 m

Up

3,637' 1,108 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail traverses mostly through the hardwood forest, profuse with mountain laurel on Catoctin Mountain and passes through Gambrills State Park, the Frederick Municipal Watershed, Cunningham Falls State Park, and Catoctin Mountain Park.

Although the trail lacks many outstanding features other than the White Rocks Overlook, spur trails lead to a number of other beautiful vistas, following along Fishing Creek before coming near to Cunningham Falls.

Camping is only permitted at organized campgrounds in the parks.

From the trail's northern terminus is a 2-mile road connection to the Appalachian Trail: Wolfsville Road to Pen Mar Park section.

Contacts

Shared By:

Luke AT

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 10 votes

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  4.3 from 10 votes
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#98

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#7,528

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Photos

View from White Rocks overlook
Sep 1, 2015 near Thurmont, MD
Black Rock Overlook
Oct 25, 2018 near Thurmont, MD
Signpost indicating the end of Cat Rock Trail at the intersection with the Cactoctin Mountain Scenic Trail. Note the yellow blazes for Cat Rock Trail and blue blazes of the Cactoctin Mountain Scenic Trail.
Nov 14, 2016 near Thurmont, MD
Steep ascent!
Feb 22, 2016 near Clover…, MD
Trail views from Cunningham Falls State Park
Sep 2, 2015 near Thurmont, MD
Steep descent at start.
Feb 22, 2016 near Clover…, MD
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Scott Hodgdon
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Sep 30, 2019
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John Hussey
Jul 5, 2019
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Nov 3, 2018
Steven Lunsford
Sep 29, 2018
Ridgeway Forge
Grueling Hike, the aquifers were overflowing and I had to ford streams about two dozen times. Lots of solitude, remote trail in the woods. 20.5mi — 7h 30m
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