Catoctin Mountain: The Wild and Adventurous and Little Known Horse Trail with Optional Post Hike Lunch!
"The Horse Trail is in a wonderfully secluded section of trails at Catoctin Mountain Park not to be misunderstood with trails that are built for horses. This is a hike on a trail named "Horse Trail", but we humans hike it. But, like most trails, it is probably open to horses as well, but unlikely to see any horses this time of year so come check out this hidden gem of Catoctin Mountain Park that was discovered in our group thanks to Sandy when leading her series of completing every trail in the park...thanks Sandy!
The west side of the park is the wilder side. Adventurous hikers are more likely to see wildlife, wetlands, and an up-close view of nature. Remnants of former farms dot the land. The park's picnic areas, campgrounds, and back-country shelters connect with the trails.
The Catoctin Trail and the Horse Trail dominate the west side where we are hiking today. There are two sections to this trail, the Horse Trail North Loops which is 3.7 miles, and the Horse Trail South Loop which is 3.2 miles. The remaining mileage is the trails we take to reach the Horse Trail bringing the total mileage right at about 7.2 miles.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Thurmont
Length: 7.2 Total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Hike Time: About 3 hours at a 2.5mph pace
Skill Level: Moderate:
Local Contacts: Catoctin Mountain Park
Trail Notes for Leaders
We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.
There are 3 carpools for this hike!
DC Area Carpool (Centerville Park and Ride)
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for information and directions to the Centerville location.
Laurel Area (Savage Station)
Click here for directions to Savage Station. To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station.
32 Park and Ride
There is an additional carpool location for this hike that is convenient to a vast majority of our members. Click here for directions to the 32 park and ride location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations such as the DC area, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click here for directions to where we meetup for this hike.
Hike is at 9:00 a.m.
Carpool time from Savage Park and Ride 7:45 a.m.
Carpool time from Centerville Park and Ride is 7:30 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from 32 Park and Ride is 8:00 a.m.
Optional Post Hike Lunch Information and Menu
We will have an optional hike lunch at Cozy Restaurantas they welcome hikers and have a fabulous buffet for a great price. I will ask for a show of hands of who wants to join us there for a bite mid-way through the hike and contact them with how many will be attending the lunch so you can decide on the trail.
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Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then you need to find another group and there are a lot of great ones out there! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Fido is Welcome on This Hike!
Let's have good times and see you on the trail!