Emmitsburg, Thurmont, Catoctin Mountain National Park, and Cunningham Falls State Park, MD

Thurmont, Maryland

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This rural community of Emmitsburg is of special interest to visitors of the Catholic faith. Tucked into the beautifully forested foothills of western Maryland is the first National Catholic Shrine in the United States: a replica of the Grotto of Lourdes. Also in Emmitsburg is the peaceful retreat of Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton—the first American-born saint. Abounding in nature’s beauty and bountiful quiet areas for meditation, this Maryland landmark is a worthy, experiential venture. Thurmont is a small, rural town immediately adjacent to the Catoctin Mountain National Park and the Cunningham Falls State Park. The park’s name was derived from the Kittocton Indian tribe that once lived at the foot of the mountains near the Potomac River. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Baltimore. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.
Day Trips from Baltimore

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Day Trips from Baltimore

by Gwyn Walcoff & Bob Willis (The Globe Pequot Press)

This rural community of Emmitsburg is of special interest to visitors of the Catholic faith. Tucked into the beautifully forested foothills of western Maryland is the first National Catholic Shrine in the United States: a replica of the Grotto of Lourdes. Also in Emmitsburg is the peaceful retreat of Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton—the first American-born saint. Abounding in nature’s beauty and bountiful quiet areas for meditation, this Maryland landmark is a worthy, experiential venture. Thurmont is a small, rural town immediately adjacent to the Catoctin Mountain National Park and the Cunningham Falls State Park.

The park’s name was derived from the Kittocton Indian tribe that once lived at the foot of the mountains near the Potomac River. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Baltimore. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.

©  Gwyn Walcoff & Bob Willis/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Thurmont
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Emmitsburg, Thurmont, Catoctin Mountain National Park, & Cunningham Falls State Park, MD

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