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Thurmont, Maryland, United States

Catoctin Mountain Park Circuit

Circuit hike for Visitors Center, Cunningham Falls, Hog Rock, Blue Ridge & Thurmont Overlooks, Wolf & Chimney Rocks.

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Difficulty: Difficult
Length: 9.4 miles / 15.1 km
Duration: Half day
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Overview: OVERVIEW: This 9.4 mile circuit hike offers all of the scenic highlights in Catoctin Mountain National Park. Beginning with Cunningham Falls, then Hog Rock, Blue Ridge Summit Overlook, Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock, Chimney Rock (lunch spot) then returns along Hunting Creek. This hike is rated hard as many sections are rocky, and total ascent is 1,500+ feet.

This loop includes an optional bushwacking hill climb at the end of the hike which includes a 500 foot ascent in just under a mile.

DIRECTIONS TO HIKE SITE: 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. The Visitor Center is on the right.

Address: 14707 Park Central Road, Thurmont, MD


Tips: Bring plenty of water, especially in the humid summer months. Walking poles assist with inclines and declines. Bring lunch along as this hike takes at least four hours.

Points of Interest

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Catoctin Mountain Visitor's Center

14707 Park Central Road, Thurmont, MD Park here and cross road to begin trail.
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Falls Nature Trail Start to Cunningham Falls 2.8 Miles

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Cross Trail Point

Veer left to cross road to continue to Cunningham Falls.
After viewing falls, return the same way to this cross-trail point to continue to Hogs Rock.
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Cunningham Falls State Park

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Hog Rock Nature Trail

Begin the uphill climb towards Hog Rock.
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Hog Rock

Not precise location
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Road crossing

Cross Road to continue on trail. Restroom located here. Parking area is for Hog Rock Trail.
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Blue Ridge Summit Overlook

Looking west towards Camp David.
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Trail Markers

Shown in progressive order.
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Thurmont Vista, Catoctin Mountain, Maryland

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Wolf Rock, Catoctin Mountain, Maryland

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Chimney Rock, Catoctin Mountain, Maryland

Super overlook. After lunch, return and head right to begin descent.
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To begin descent

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Keep an eye out for this switchback to continue

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Waterfall View

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Views along this stretch of trail

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Alternate Incline Route

From this point, turn left to continue along trail that leads to the road and back to the Visitor's Center. This off-trail section offers a 500' incline over 2/3 miles, and is bushwacking until the trail is located.
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Veer left to descend to Visitor's Center

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