Catoctin Mountain National Park

Catoctin Mountain National Park, Frederick County, MD, USA

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In Short:US Park Service / 301.663.9330 / 6 mi. / 5,770 acres / rocky / links to Frederick City Watershed CWMA
Summary:The trail is open for day use only, from April 15th through January 31st and is closed in the winter to help preserve the trail. The park does not supply mounts and the nearest rental facility is in Gettysburg, PA which would require trailering to the Park. Public riding is not permitted on any trails in the park other than the designated public horse trail. Cross-country travel, the cutting of switchbacks, and the use of other public areas is prohibited. The horse trail can challenge the abilities of all riders, novice to competitive trail rider. Riders are surrounded by the beauty of the eastern hardwood forest and will experience creek crossings, rugged mountain terrain, and may also capture a glimpse of wildlife while on the trail. An informational brochure indicating trail access and trailer parking area may be obtained by telephoning 301-663-9388 or by stopping in at the park visitor center.
Activities:horseback riding, camping, lodging, picknicking, hiking, fishing, orienteering, rock climbing, cross country skiing.
Location:6602 Foxville Road Thurmont, MD 21788
Length/Surface:25 miles of trail total, with about 6 miles available for public horseback riding.

This ride covered a distance of 17.12 miles in 5 hours, 44 minutes -- about 3 mph.

Bumps and Lumps:

Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 151 feet. The average slope on this trail is 10.9%.

Trail Characteristics:Single track.
Drinking Water:yes
Water for Horses:streams.
Access and Parking:Trailer parking is available across from the entrance to Camp Greentop. If the parking area is snow covered or muddy, horse trailers should be parked at Round Meadow and horses led or ridden along the shoulder of Park Central Road to the trails.
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Distance between highest and lowest altitudes on this trail is 151 feet. The average slope on this trail is 10.9%.



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Created with MapSource 6.14.1. Map recorded: June 14, 2008. Page last updated: April 11, 2018.