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.
Catoctin National Recreation Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Bill and Mary Burnham, Best Hikes Near Washington D.C. (Falcon Guides).
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