Catoctin Mountain Park

Catoctin Mountain Park

Walking & Hiking

Catoctin Mountain Park offers walks ranging from easy strolls to rugged hikes, with over 25 miles of trails to choose from. Trails have no blazes but are marked with signs at intersections. On occasion at the request of the U.S. Secret Service, there may be temporary partial park closures affecting some of the park trails. Check the road closure link to determine if there are any security closures in effect.

Interpretive trails have either signs or exhibits along the trail, or an accompanying descriptive brochure.

Catoctin offers variety in the trails, scenic vistas, cultural exhibits, spectacular rock outcroppings, and if you're fortunate you may see a deer, hear a pileated woodpecker, or catch a glimpse of a chipmunk!

The Park brochure serves as the trail guide and is available at the visitor center or you may call (301) 663-9388 or write the park to request one to be sent to you.

Safety: we recommend while hiking in Catoctin Mountain Park you:

  • Stay on trails.
  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes, travel with a friend, and carry water.
  • Be alert for snakes, bees, and poison ivy.
  • Remember all plants and wildlife are protected in the park.
  • Don't disturb the wildlife; animals may bite in self defense.
  • Remember to lock your vehicle and secure valuables out of sight.
  • Park Rangers are here to help you, but safety is everyone's responsibility.