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Charcoal Trail

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Length

0.6 Miles 0.9 Kilometers

98%

Runnable

Elevation

44' 13 m

Ascent

-55' -17 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

1,370' 417 m

High

1,318' 402 m

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An interpretive loop trail detailing the area's history of charcoal and iron-making.

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Grab your hammer, tongs and leather chaps and prepare to run back in history along the Charcoal Trail. Once revered as the necessary fuel source for running iron smelters, the dense forests of Catoctin now provide visitors with a forested lens into the area's rich industrial history.

Starting to the right of the bulletin board at the Thurmont Vista Parking Area, follow the trail south as it loops past numerous interpretive signs detailing the straining work of charcoal making and its usefulness in the iron-smelting industry.

Soon, the trail's smooth tread loops you back to the parking area where you started.

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