Flora and fauna
The park area generally experiences a mild, four-season climate. Temperatures average about 30 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer but the weather occasionally can be more extreme. The park is a popular destination in the fall months when tree foliage is at its best.
The park is about 70 miles north of Washington D.C. and can be easily reached by car. From Washington D.C., take I270 north to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 north to Thurmont, MD and take Route 77 west. Travel 3 miles west on Route 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. Park Visitor Center is located on the right.
Fees and permits
Catoctin Mountain Park is open year-round during daylight hours. Seasonal road closures happen occasionally during winter. There are no entrance fees, but those staying overnight have to pay a camping fee.
- 1 Catoctin Mountain.
- Fishing. Big Hunting Creek is popular among the fly fishermen. Maryland fishing license and trout stamp are required.
- Hiking. Catoctin Mountain Park offers about 25 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy strolls to strenuous hikes. The trails are not marked with blazes but are well maintained and easy to follow. Popular destinations include Chimney Rock, Wolf Rock and Hog Rock.
Camp Misty Mount offers individual cabin rentals. Each cabin sleeps 3-6 people and can be rented for $35 per night ($55 per night on weekends).
Individual camping is available at Owens Creek Campground from early spring to late fall. There are no reservations as the sites are available on a "first-come, first-served" basis. The camping fee is $20 per night.
- 1 Camp Misty Mount. 30 stone and wood cabins built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Open May-November.
Visitors to Catoctin Mountain Park often visit waterfalls at the neighboring Cunningham Falls State Park.
You may also enjoy the atmosphere of nearby Thurmont.