Catoctin National Recreation Trail

Frederick Municipal Forest, Maryland

Elevation Gain9,205ft
Trailhead Elevation1,609ft
Elevation Min/Max551/1769ft
Elevation Start/End1609/1609ft

Catoctin National Recreation Trail

Catoctin National Recreation Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Washington County and Frederick County, Maryland. It is within Thurmont Watershed, Frederick Municipal Forest, Catoctin Mountain Park, Cunningham Falls State Park, and Gambrill State Park. It is 25.8 miles long and begins at 1,609 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 46.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 9,205 feet. The Gambrill Mountain Bike Parking Lot parking and the Gambril Lower Lot bicycle parking are near the trailhead. Hamburg Rd Parking Lot Mountain bike and another parking, the North Bob's Hill Overlook and White Rock viewpoints, the White Rock bare rock, the Spring that feeds crystal spring pond drinking water, and the Manor Visitors Center information office can be seen along the trail. There is also a vending machine along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Red Trail, Catoctin Trail, Green-Ash Trail, Death March, Rocky-Stream Bed Trail, Vw Trail, Upper Vw Trail, Blue-Catoctintrail, Not the Road Climb, Kubla Khan, A-Line, Rock Trail, Yellow Trail, Raven Rock Park Road, Cliff Trail, Cat Rock Trail (Yellow), Viper, Campground Trail, Iceburg, Sand Flats Trail, Salamander Trail, The Pit and New Berg.

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Best Hikes Near Washington D.C. (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Mary Burnham
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"Easy strolls and rugged climbs typify the diversity on the 25 miles of trails through the 5,770-acre park, located on the easternmost ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Park overlooks include Hog Rock, the highest point. and Chimney Rock, the most challenging ascent." Read more

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Trail Information

Frederick Municipal Forest
Nearby City
Frederick Municipal Forest
Skill Level
USGS 7.5 minute series: Catoctin Furnace, MD
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Dec 2018