Catoctin Mountain Park

Catoctin Mountain Park

Camping

Camp Round Meadow Directions

From Washington DC take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north to I495 to I270 north 27 miles to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 17 miles north to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign is marked Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, turn right onto Manahan Road. Continue approximately 3/4 mile and turn left into Camp Round Meadow. Park in the large gravel parking lot.

From Baltimore, MD take I695 beltway to I70 West to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 North to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park.) Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, turn right onto Manahan Road. Continue approximately 3/4 mile and turn left into Camp Round Meadow. Park in the large gravel parking lot.

From Hagerstown, MD take I70 East to Route 66 North for 7 miles. Turn right onto Route 64 (East) for 1 mile then turn right at a traffic light onto Route 77 East for approximately 4 miles. Turn left onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, turn right onto Manahan Road. Continue approximately 3/4 mile and turn left into Camp Round Meadow. Park in the large gravel parking lot.

From Gettysburg, PA take Route 15 South. In Thurmont, MD, exit onto Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park.) Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, turn right onto Manahan Road. Continue approximately 3/4 mile and turn left into Camp Round Meadow. Park in the large gravel parking lot.

 

Owens Creek Campground Directions

From Washington DC take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north to I495 to I270 north 27 miles to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 17 miles north to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign is marked Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, keep left and continue on Foxville-Deerfield Road for approximately 1 mile and turn left into Owens Creek Campground.

From Baltimore, MD take I695 beltway to I70 West to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 North to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park.) Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, keep left and continue on Foxville-Deerfield Road for approximately 1 mile and turn left into Owens Creek Campground.

From Hagerstown, MD take I70 East to Route 66 North for 7 miles. Turn right onto Route 64 (East) for 1 mile then turn right at a traffic light onto Route 77 East for approximately 4 miles. Turn left onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, keep left and continue on Foxville-Deerfield Road for approximately 1 mile and turn left into Owens Creek Campground.

From Gettysburg, PA take Route 15 South. In Thurmont, MD, exit onto Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park.) Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, keep left and continue on Foxville-Deerfield Road for approximately 1 mile and turn left into Owens Creek Campground.

Camp Greentop Directions

From Washington, DC take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north to I495 to I270 north 27 miles to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 17 miles north to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign is marked Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, turn right onto Manahan Road. At the next intersection, turn right onto Park Central Road. Continue approximately 1/2 mile and turn right into Camp Greentop.

From Baltimore, MD take I695 beltway to I70 West to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 North to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park.) Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, turn right onto Manahan Road. At the next intersection, turn right onto Park Central Road. Continue approximately 1/2 mile and turn right into Camp Greentop.

From Hagerstown, MD take I70 East to Route 66 North for 7 miles. Turn right onto Route 64 (East) for 1 mile then turn right at a traffic light onto Route 77 East for approximately 4 miles. Turn left onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, turn right onto Manahan Road. At the next intersection, turn right onto Park Central Road. Continue approximately 1/2 mile and turn right into Camp Greentop.

From Gettysburg, PA take Route 15 South. In Thurmont, MD, exit onto Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park.) Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, turn right onto Manahan Road. At the next intersection, turn right onto Park Central Road. Continue approximately 1/2 mile and turn right into Camp Greentop.

Poplar Grove Youth Group Tent Campground

Poplar Grove is open by reservation, to adult supervised organized youth groups whose members are under age 18. The site is open year-round except March 1 through April 15.

There are 3 sites within Poplar Grove. Each site accommodates up to 25 persons. Groups share pit toilets, water and a pavilion. Each site has picnic tables, grills and a fire circle. Groups provide all personal convenience items, including toilet paper.

Reservations: Reservations can be made by calling (877) 444-6777. When making a reservation, please be prepared to provide:
Preferred arrival and departure dates. Name, address and phone number of the group leader. Name of the group. Total number of campers anticipated.

Poplar Grove fees are $30 per night per site. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis but cannot be confirmed until payment is received. Credit card payment will be accepted by Internet or phone and instructions will be given for mail payments. You will receive written confirmation of your payment and reservation. You will be charged for cancellations made more than 14 days before the scheduled arrival. NO REFUNDS will be made after this time unless the National Park Service cannot provide the site.

Check-ins Groups must check-in at the Visitor Center between 1:00pm and 4:30pm. An 8:00pm check-in can be provided on Friday and Saturday 4/15 through 12/1. Groups must check-in before proceeding to the site. Groups must check-out no later than 12:00 noon on the day of their departure.

Special Considerations All groups must submit a complete roster, which will be used by rangers to locate campers in an emergency. Boy Scouts must submit a Council Tour Permit at check-in.

Parking: One car per site may be parked at Poplar Grove. All others will remain at Camp Round Meadow, 1 mile away.

The nearest phone is located at Camp Round Meadow. Please test you cell phone coverage, not all cell phones work in all locations in the Park.

No vehicles are permitted at the site from mid November through March 1. Access is by foot from Camp Round Meadow. Groups should be prepared to pack supplies in and trash out during this time. Trash receptacles are located in Camp Round Meadow. Groups must provide bags and transport trash to the receptacles.

Camp Misty Mount Directions

From Washington DC take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north to I495 to I270 north 27 miles to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 17 miles north to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign is marked Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. Pass the Visitor Center and continue 7/10 of a mile and turn left into Camp Misty Mount.

From Baltimore, MD take I695 beltway to I70 West to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 North to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park.) Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. Pass the Visitor Center and continue 7/10 of a mile and turn left into Camp Misty Mount.

From Hagerstown, MD take I70 East to Route 66 North for 7 miles. Turn right onto Route 64 (East) for 1 mile then turn right at a traffic light onto Route 77 East for approximately 7 miles. Turn left onto Park Central Road. Pass the Visitor Center and continue for 7/10 of a mile and turn left into Camp Misty Mount.

From Gettysburg, PA take Route 15 South. In Thurmont, MD, exit onto Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park.) Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. Pass the Visitor Center and continue for 7/10 of a mile and turn left into Camp Misty Mount.

Adirondack Shelters

The Adirondack Shelters are three sided wood shelters offered as an alternative to backpacking.

Permits are issued without charge at the Visitor Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits may not be reserved in advance. The shelter may be occupied for only the length of time designated, not more than 7 consecutive days, or 14 days in the year.

There are two shelters which accommodate a maximum of 5 people each. Each shelter has a fire circle and access to a pit toilet.

Drinking water must be carried in and trash carried out.

Tents are not permitted except inside the shelter, allowing minimal impact on the area.

These 1 1/2 to 3 mile hike in (distance depends on parking location) shelters are open all year.

Camp Greentop

Camp Greentop, an Historic Treasure
Camp Greentop was built in 1937 as part of the Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District. Although the original concept called for a camp almost identical to Camp Misty Mount, plans were modified to meet the needs of its first tenants, the Baltimore League for Crippled Children. Thus, Camp Greentop became on of the nation's first camps specifically constructed to meet the needs of the handicapped.

The American Chestnut cabins, built by the Works Progess Administration, and the surrounding area look much as they did in 1937. The Baltimore League for Crippled Children, now known as the League for People with Disabilities, Inc., has returned to Camp Greentop for approximately 60 years, their tenure interrupted only by the military occupation of the camp during World War II.

Today the camp can be rented by organized groups of 60 or more members during the week or on weekends from April through mid-June and mid-August until October 31st. The Dining Hall and Recreation Hall are available for conferences year round.

Camp Greentop Facilities
Greentop is set up in 4 units of 3, 10-bed cabins. There is one lodge that sleeps 12 and 3 smaller cabins. The total capacity of the camp is 129. Cabins are not heated and have lights but no electric outlets. Cots and mattresses are provided but campers must supply their own bedding. Hot showers and flush toilets are centrally located near each cabin group.

The Dining Hall seats 140 people and features a commercial kitchen with electric ranges and ovens. Groups may do their own cooking in the Dining Hall or hire a caterer. Those using the kitchen are requested to ahve a certified food handler on duty to maintain US Public Health Service sanitation requirements. If fire danger is low, the outside fireplace at the lodge, the campfire circle or camping stoves (in specific areas) may be used for cooking.

The Recreation Hall is a large, open room equipped with a stage. It is suitable for meetings, receptions or a variety of other uses. The Dining Hall and Rec Hall are the only heated buildings in the camp. Campers may use the inside fireplaces only in these buildings.

It is the responsibility of the group using the facility to see that the camp is left in a clean and orderly condition, especially the kitchen.

A complete check-in and check-out will be provided by rangers. Check-ins are scheduled between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Check-outs are scheduled between 9:00am and 12:00pm (noon). Requests for earlier or later check-ins and check-outs will be considered on a case by case basis. An extra fee will apply.

There is a field area available for recreation, sports, etc. There is one swimming pool at the camp however, it is NOT available to weekend groups.

Applications for the entire year will be accepted January 1st through January 31st. Tours may be scheduled the 4th Tuesday of the month between 1:00pm and 3:00pm or the 4th Sundayof the month between 3:00pm and 5:00pm by calling (301) 663-9330.

 

Camp Misty Mount

Group reservations will be accepted beginning the first business day of December. Individual and family reservations will be accepted beginning the first business day of January. For information and reservations call (301) 271-3140. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. The full rental fee will be due on the date specified in your confirmation letter.

Cabins at Misty Mount are reserved by telephone. Walk-ins will be accepted based on cabin availability, the camp office is not staffed full time. The cabins are equipped with single metal cots with mattresses. Each has a light in the ceiling and on the porch. Electric outlets are not available. A grill, fire ring, and picnic table are located outside each cabin. Facilities for dish washing, drinking water, hot showers and flush toilets are provided centrally in each of the three loop areas. Campers must provide: bedding, charcoal, cookware, tableware, ice and coolers for food storage, water containers, and first aid supplies. NO PETS!

Camp Misty Mount has 18 four cot cabins, 6 three cot cabins, 1 six cot cabin, and 3 eight cot lodges. There is also an 8 cot cabin with 2 bathrooms. Extra cots are not available.



Campgrounds

Owens Creek Campground:
Open From 5/01/2008 to 11/16/2008

Phone for information 301-663-9388

Sites available on a first come, first served basis. No reservations. $20.00 per night site fee. Five people or the immediate household per site. Pets are permitted on leash.

Poplar Grove Youth Group Tent Campground:
Open From 04/15/2007 To 03/01/2008

Phone for information (301) 663-9388

Reservations Online or by Phone at 1-877-444-6777

Poplar Grove is open to adult supervised organized youth groups whose members are under age 18. There are 3 sites within Poplar Grove. Each site accommodates up to 25 people. Reservations are required. $30.00 per night per site (2007and 2008 prices).

Adirondack Shelters:
Open All Year. No Fee
Phone for information (301) 663-9388

Hike-in camping at the Adirondack Shelters. Each of the two 3-sided shelters, similar to those on the Appalachian Trail, can accomodate up to 5 people. Permits are issued free of charge at the Visitor Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Permittees must be at least 18 years old.

You may also wish to visit the Lodging section for information on Camp Misty Mount (cabin rentals), Camp Greentop (group cabin camp) and Camp Round Meadow (group camp with dorms).

Owens Creek Campground

Owens Creek Campground is a 51 site campground that offers family camping in a wooded setting. The campground is open from May 2nd, 2008 through November 17, 2008. There is a maximum trailer length of 22 feet. There is space for 1 vehicle to park at the individual campsite and very limited overflow parking.

A picnic table and grill are provided at each site. There are two comfort stations with flush toilets and one comfort station has a hot shower. There are no hook ups.

Owens Creek Campground is very popular and tends to fill up on Friday nights for weekend camping.

Our campground hosts reside at site #10 whenever the sign is out. These volunteers are in residence to assist you with any problems that may occur during your visit.

All sites are first-come, first-served. Reservations are NOT accepted. Campers self register by completing an envelope and enclosing the $20.00 per night site fee. (Golden Age Passports and Golden Access Passports are accepted.) (2007 fees indicated)