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Thurmont is a small town in Frederick County, Maryland. It is home to the annual Colorfest which attracts tens of thousands of tourists each year.

Get in[edit]

Thurmont Town Square Park

By car[edit]

  • From Frederick and points South, take U.S. Route 15 north.
  • From Gettysburg and points north, take U.S. Route 15 south.

By bus[edit]

  • From Frederick take the Thurmont/Emmitsburg Shuttle from the Frederick Transit Center. The bus departs at 6:30 AM.
  • From Emmitsburg take the Thurmont/Emmitsburg Shuttle from Jubilee on Main East St. The bus departs at 7:10 AM.

Get around[edit]

Thurmont is a small town and has no car rental agencies or bus system. It is small enough to walk around in though. If you need or want a cab you can call Yellow Cab of Thurmont at 301-271-3340. During Colorfest weekend the town sets up a public transportation system to handle the crowd.


  • 1 Catoctin Furnace (Head South from Thurmont on Catoctin Furnace Road.). An iron furnace that played a role in the Revolutionary war and was important to the industrialisation of Thurmont.
  • 2 Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo, 13019 Catoctin Furnace Road (From Thurmont town square, head south on water street, then take a right onto Frederick Rd. Road will change to Catoctin Furnace Rd and destination will be on the left another 2 miles down from that.), +1 301-271-3180. Zoo just outside of Thurmont. Has 1100 animals including exotic animals like Lions and local wildlife like timber wolves and native turtles. Between April and September runs daily Safari rides. $16.95.
  • 3 Thurmont Community Park, Community Park Road, +1 301-271-7313. 7AM-10PM. This is the town park. It has a nice exercise trail, several pavilions, a park for younger children, and a baseball and basketball court.
  • 4 Thurmont Trolley Trail, Moser Road (Begins between the bridge and the library). Sunrise to Sundown. Historical nature trail.



Corner of Main and Water St.
  • 1 Catoctin Hope Chest, 104C Frederick Road, +1 240-344-0870, e-mail: . Tue-Sat 11AM-5PM. Upon request can be open for additional or different hours. Sells hand-crafted items along with quilts.
  • 2 Thurmont Plaza Shopping Center (From the town square head North on North Church Street. Will be on right shortly after the street changes to Sabillasville Rd.). Has a dollar store, convenience store, Chinese food restaurant, and sandwich shop.
  • 3 Unnamed Shopping Center. Has a grocery store, dollar store, Wendy's, Chinese food restaurant, and pizza joint.


  • Bollinger's Restaurant, 210 N Church St, +1 301-271-3500. Mon-Sat 6AM-8PM, Sun 7AM-2PM. Very cozy atmosphere. Facebook page describes it as "down home people with down home cooking".
  • J & J's BBQ and Seafood, 19A Water Street, +1 301-271-2407. Local Seafood from the Chesapeake Bay. Memphis and Carolina style Barbecue. $4-$21.
  • Mountaingate Family Restaurant, 133 Frederick Road, +1 301-271-4373. 5AM-10PM. Both a Menu and a Buffet style restaurant. Has private banquet rooms for between 10 and 200 guests. Southern American food.
  • Shamrock Restaurant, 7701 Fitzgerald Road, +1 301-271-2912. Mon-Thu 11AM-9PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-10PM, Sun 12PM-9PM. Family owned "casual fine dining" restaurant. Participates in "farm to fork" program (at least 60% of the menu is sourced from local farms). Lots of traditional Irish food. Encourages reservations, but reservations are not allowed on St. Patrick's Day or during Colorfest.
  • Simply Asia, 120 Frederick Road, Suite B & C, +1 301-271-2857. Mon-Thu 11AM-9:30PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-10PM, Sun 12PM-9:30PM. Serves Chinese, Thai, Japanese food and a variety of sushi. "A Pan Asian Bistro" $5-$20.
  • Thurmont Kountry Kitchen, 17 Water Street, +1 301-271-4071. 6AM-9PM. Award winning family owned restaurant. Large selection of food and very good broasted chicken. Motto: "Just like home but we do the dishes". American Southern food.
  • Fratelli's New York Pizza & Restaurant, 140 Frederick Road, +1 301-271-0272. New York style Pizza and subs. Reasonably priced, does delivery.



Roddy Road covered bridge near Thurmont


  • The Cozy Country Inn, 103 Frederick Rd, +1 301-271-4301. Check-in: 3 PM, check-out: 11 AM. Small hotel based around the smallness of the town. Has attached Camp David museum and restaurant. Offers cottages and traditional hotel room options. $60-$125.
  • Rambler Inn, 426 N Church St, +1 301-271-2424, e-mail: . Right off the highway. Cheap clean rooms. Independently owned with flexible rates for larger groups. Price for room varies considerably during the year. $40-$60.
  • Super 8 Thurmont, 300 Tippin Dr, +1 301-271-7888. Check-in: 3 PM, check-out: 11 AM. Offers smoking and non-smoking rooms. The hotel also has wifi. $70-$100.
  • The Cinnamon House, 101 W. Main St., +1 301-271-7677. Bed and Breakfast


  • 1 Crow's Nest Campground, Rt. 77 West, +1 301-271-2818. Beautiful campground with water, electric, a bathhouse, and a swimming pool. Located next to a trout stream. Adults past the first two cost an additional $5. Open between April 1 and Oct 31 each year. $25-30.
  • 2 Ole Mink Farm, 12806 Mink Farm Rd., +1 301-271-7012, toll-free: +1-877-OLE-MINK (653-6465), e-mail: . Outdoor resort. Rates listed are for two nights with two adults. Cabins have full kitchens, cable TV, wi-fi, fireplace (with firewood), and an outdoor picnic area. There is also a swimming pool and a playground. $325-$350.


  • Thurmont Regional Library, 76 East Moser Road, +1 301-600-7200. Mon-Thu 10AM-8PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM. Wifi is available for anyone. Computer use is limited to 15 minutes for non-patrons. Free.

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Routes through Thurmont
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