Blue Ridge Summit - Hog Rock, Catoctin Mountain Park

Thurmont, Maryland 21788

Blue Ridge Summit - Hog Rock, Catoctin Mountain Park

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."

Blue Ridge Summit - Hog Rock, Catoctin Mountain Park Reviews

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I hiked only half of that loop. It was OK. At this time of season the trail is covered with a lot of fallen leaves and it is not easy to find a trail in the mountain. That is why I could not finish hiking the whole trail.
Well marked and well maintained. The views were OK, but not panoramic; they were kind of blocked by trees. Nice 3 hr workout though.
Well marked and maintained trail system. No user fee. Easy to get to. Trails are very easy, don't require any special equip. Good beginner hikes.
Not bad, but I'm sure it would be better during the week. Too many people on the weekend. Good parking at the visitors center. Trails are not blazed, but are marked by signs every 1/4 to 1/2 mile or so. You can't miss them. The trails are well maintained, wide and well traveled. The view from both Blue Ridge Summit and Hog Rock is panoramic and well worth a stop. The route has maybe 3 good climbs. Other than that, it's minimal. A few historical markers, mainly about wood hauling sleds, worth checking out. Only trouble spot: If you take the Cunningham Falls detour, make sure you double back down the boardwalk, recross Rt77 and look for the visitor's center trail marker about 50 ft up the trail you just descended. You can get turned around quite easily. The falls would be great during the week. But on the weekend, it's full of kids splashing around. Other than that, good trail. Oh, and check out the visitor's center. It's one of the best I've seen.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
September - May
Catoctin Mountain Park
Local Contacts
USGS Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania; "Catoctin Mountains," National Park Service; and topo map sold in National Park Service visitor center.
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