NOTICE: With the enactment of the continuing resolution, the National Park Service is preparing to resume regular operations though the schedule for individual parks may vary depending on staff size and complexity of operations. Many parks which have been accessible throughout the lapse in appropriations remain accessible with basic services. Visitors should contact individual parks or visit park websites for the latest information opening schedules and accessibility and visitor services. Some parks which have been closed throughout the lapse in appropriations may not reopen immediately.
Catoctin Mountain Park offers a wealth of scenery, wildlife, wildflowers, historic buildings, hiking trails, scenic drives, camping, and fly-fishing. Looking for something different? Try spending the night in a historic cabin in Camp Misty Mount; for reservations visit www.recreation.gov. Pets, on leashes, are permitted in outdoor areas, but not in buildings.
Please Note: In November, the National Park Service will begin work on the replacement of a bridge leading to the auxiliary parking area at the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center. The project will also involve rehabilitation of the parking area, and the lot will remain closed until next summer. The project will result in facility enhancements, including an upgraded, safer pedestrian walkway and more clearly designated parking spots. However, during the project period, the visitor center may have parking shortages, especially on busy weekends.
During this renovation period, park visitors are encouraged to explore the west side of Catoctin Mountain Park. Ample parking and trail access is available at Owens Creek Picnic Area and Camp Round Meadow. Trail maps for the west side of the park will be available at those locations.
Additional parking, trail access and trail maps are available at the Wolf Rock, Thurmont Vista, and Hog Rock Overlook parking areas. Restroom facilities are also available at the Hog Rock Overlook parking area.
For additional information and updates on the project, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/cato or call the visitor center at 301-663-9388.