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Catoctin National Scenic Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

26.3 mile 42.3 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,856' 1,175 m
Descent: -3,637' -1,108 m
High: 1,770' 539 m
Low: 633' 193 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)

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Trail shared by Luke AT

A long distance running/biking trail along Catoctin Mountain

Luke AT

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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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

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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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