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Catoctin National Scenic Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (8)

A long distance running/biking trail along Catoctin Mountain


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26.3

Miles

42.3

KM

91%

Runnable

1,770' 539 m

High

633' 193 m

Low

3,856' 1,175 m

Up

3,637' 1,108 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail traverses mostly through the hardwood forest, profuse with mountain laurel on Catoctin Mountain and passes through Gambrills State Park, the Frederick Municipal Watershed, Cunningham Falls State Park, and Catoctin Mountain Park.

Although the trail lacks many outstanding features other than the White Rocks Overlook, spur trails lead to a number of other beautiful vistas, following along Fishing Creek before coming near to Cunningham Falls.

Camping is only permitted at organized campgrounds in the parks.

From the trail's northern terminus is a 2-mile road connection to the Appalachian Trail: Wolfsville Road to Pen Mar Park section.

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Luke AT

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  4.3 from 8 votes

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Photos

View from White Rocks overlook
Sep 1, 2015 near Thurmont, MD
Black Rock Overlook
Oct 25, 2018 near Thurmont, MD
Signpost indicating the end of Cat Rock Trail at the intersection with the Cactoctin Mountain Scenic Trail. Note the yellow blazes for Cat Rock Trail and blue blazes of the Cactoctin Mountain Scenic Trail.
Nov 14, 2016 near Thurmont, MD
Steep ascent!
Feb 22, 2016 near Clover…, MD
Trail views from Cunningham Falls State Park
Sep 2, 2015 near Thurmont, MD
Fording the first stream after coming down from Bob's Hill going south.
Oct 25, 2018 near Thurmont, MD

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Feb 15, 2020
Joshua Rodriguez
Great conditions no wind part sunny and cold. 13mi — 10h 36m
Feb 9, 2019
Joshua Rodriguez
Technical rock and stone sections with nice long up and down hills. All in all nice challenging trail run. Beautiful scenery. 19mi