Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham/McAfee Falls, Hog Rock, Wolf Rock, Chimney Rock, and Thurmont and Blue Ridge Vistas!
A Moderate 8 Mile Hike
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. Todays hike in these two parks include several overlooks including Hog Rock, the highest point, and Chimney Rock, the most challenging ascent (no worries, as the reward at the top is a rest stop which also happens to be a magnificent view). additionally, we will enjoy Wolf Rock, the Thurmont and Blue Ridge Vistas. Oh, did I mention the spectacular McAfee/Cunningham falls? In this one hike, 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. This loop combines moderate and strenuous trails for a great day of hiking. Bring your camera, something to snack on along with plenty of hydration, and enjoy these exciting and beautiful vistas to capture a moment, or several, that will leave a lasting impression on your mind, body, and soul for a long time to come. Enjoy!
This hike will be led a moderate pace which is that of an average hiker.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Thurmont
Scenery: Wooded uplands, waterfalls, sweeping vistas from overlooks
Elev. Gain: Minimal
Length: 8.9 Total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Trail Surface: Mostly rocky or sandy; some boardwalk, pavement, grass, quite rooty.
Skill Level: Moderate due to length, but has well-graded hiking paths and only short, yet vigorous climbs.
Local Contacts: Catoctin Mountain Park (National Park Status)
Facilities: Visitor center has a bookstore and restrooms. There is a picnic area, campground, and cabins. The park headquarters has toilets. There is also water near Hog Rog.
We hike rain or shine. Click Here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.
There are 3 carpool suggestions 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.
Baltimore/Laural Area (Savage Station)
Click here for directions to Savage Station. To carpool 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 8:00 a.m.
Carpool time from Savage Park and Ride 6:45 a.m.
Carpool time from Centerville Park and Ride is 6:30 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from 32 Park and Ride is 7:00 a.m.
Optional Post Hike Meal Information and Menu
We will have an optional hike lunch at Cozy Restaurant as they welcome hikers and have a fabulous buffet for a great price. Click Here for Their Menu. "Enjoy country dining at its best in one of our eleven multi-personality dining rooms. Enjoy country dining at its best. We use only the freshest and finest ingredients. In-season herbs and vegetables are homegrown and hand picked from our gardens. Housemaid and freshly baked seasonal items insures your visit to the Cozy will be a delicious dining experience. With the establishment of the presidential mountain retreat, Camp David, in the Catoctin Mountains, the Cozy Restaurant became the headquarters for the news media when the Presidents visits the camp on weekends or for special summit meetings with world leaders."
Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let's have good times and see you on the trail.