Blue Ridge Summit - Hog Rock, Catoctin Mountain Park Professional Review and Guide
"A ramble through hardwood forests and over ridges of Catoctin Mountain, with views of the Blue Ridge and the Monocacy Valley. In spring, dogwoods and other flowering trees are abundant. In about two hours, you can visit a splendid waterfall, enjoy a spectacular view of the Monocacy watershed, and find an intimate cross ridge at Catoctin’s summit and South Mountain, all while wandering through a second-growth, almost-old-growth-again, hardwood forest.
But what is the rush? The hike is short enough that extended stays are in order at each highlight. Special considerations: This hike is described as moderate because most of the climbing is done in two short stretches: the first 0.25 mile and the 0.3 mile approaching Blue Ridge Summit Overlook. Most of the rest of the hike is a mixture of level ground and gradual ascents and descents. This is a beautiful hike in winter, especially in snowshoes after a winter storm."