Catoctin Mountain: Cunningham Falls,Hog,Wolf,Chimn­ey Rocks,Thurmont Vista: 8 Mi

  • July 26, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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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!

Hike Pace

This hike will be led a moderate pace which is that of an average hiker.

Trail Information

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.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click Here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.

Carpool Information

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.

Bill P.:[masked]

Sandy:[masked]

Dave:[masked]

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  • Scotia M.

    I had a great time on yesterdays hike! Beautiful scenery, great exercise and nice people!

    1 · July 27

  • Mike M.

    Really great hike yesterday. Bill, thanks so much for leading!

    July 27

  • Sandy B.

    What a beautiful day it turned out to be. started off with a little sprinkle then the clouds cleared so that when we got to the overlooks we could see...Ya!! Thanks everyone for coming out and enjoying the day with us.

    6 · July 26

  • Bill P.

    Two pieces of news from Catoctinland:

    First (get this!), the Cozy Restaurant is NOW CLOSED!
    For good. Apparently this happened a month ago, mysteriously and with no public notice. Now that was a REAL INSTITUTION.

    Second, a Rock climber got bitten by a copperhead last Saturday on Cat Rock. He apparently was bitten twice on his feet and was released after an overnight stay at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

    3 · July 26

  • Bill P.

    As the comments below suggest, Dave's last minute presence as a third leader enabled us to divide into three groups: fast, medium fast and moderate. Thus, despite the presence of 41 hikers, we didn't overwhelm the trails and everyone found a pace thy were comfortable with. I was delighted to see so many first time MidAtlantic hikers and also quite a few people who have been with us for only a month or two, but who are very enthusiastic. The fast group went at a blistering 3+ mph pace but we made sure to make extended stops at Wolf and Chimney Rocks. Becky took a group of four hikers on a Cat Rock-Misery Trail add on at the end.

    5 · July 26

  • Melissa S.

    And no falling down

    2 · July 26

  • jeff

    Loved the hike today. Sandy was a outstanding leader. She kept a good pace but made sure all of us did not get lost.

    2 · July 26

  • Moe

    Thank you Dave for leading our group. Great views, and great company.

    3 · July 26

  • Lisa

    This was my first time hiking with Mid-Atlantic and I loved it, as did my fiancé. The weather was beautiful and so were the different views. Bill was a great leader! I am excited to go on another hike!

    1 · July 26

  • Mark P.

    Thanks to Bill, Sandy, and Dave for leading another great hike! So many great views, lots of terrain variation, and thanks Bill for keeping a fast pace (and affording a few of us the time to take the Cat Rock/Misery detour)!

    2 · July 26

  • Betsy L.

    A great hike -- lots of diversity: shade, greenery, overlooks with great views and/or interesting outcroppings, rocky paths, dirt paths, sandy paths, waterfall, ups (some steep, but not long) and downs. And a really nice day for a summer hike. Thanks, Sandy (and, of course, Lucy) for leading our very compatible little band.

    3 · July 26

  • Rena

    Thank you Dave for leading! It was another wonderful hike with wonderful group of people!!

    1 · July 26

  • Becky R.

    Gorgeous hiking weather, lovely vistas, and fun company! Thanks to Bill for leading! :-)

    2 · July 26

  • Steve G.

    Great to meet everyone on the hike this morning. Perfect day to do a hike. Had a lot of fun. Thanks (-;

    2 · July 26

  • Tran

    Thank you, Sandy, for a challenging and rewarding hike! Great company, as always.

    1 · July 26

  • KathleenW

    The weather ended up being quite beautiful for a hike in Catoctin. The view from some vistas were the clearest I've ever seen here so it was awesome! Great pace for a good work-out Bill and a shout-out to Becky!! Oh Misery Trail... how I love thee! NOT!

    4 · July 26

  • Jay

    Thanks Bill!

    2 · July 26

  • Mark P.

    Bill - we made it back okay!

    1 · July 26

  • Craig

    Thanks,Bill.

    1 · July 26

  • Christine

    Really enjoyed my first meetup hike! The trail was as described and I liked that the group was divided by pace.

    4 · July 26

  • AM

    Thanks Dave for leading us

    2 · July 26

  • Melissa S.

    A big thanks to Mr. Bill for the great hike,

    2 · July 26

  • Delong

    I will be driving from NW, DC. If anyone needs a ride.

    July 24

    • Tangela

      See you at 6:50

      July 25

    • Tangela

      Stayed out to late last night, can't make it. Thanks

      July 26

  • Tangela

    Please update your RSVP, I would really like to attend. Thanks!

    July 25

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Tangela, you can take my spot.

      July 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd also be able to drive/love to carpool with someone from DC area. I'll be leaving from Cleveland Park (NW) DC area.

    July 24

  • Betsy L.

    Delong, I would love a ride. Where can I meet you and what time?

    July 24

  • Kim

    I'll be driving from Arlington (Shirlington) if someone wants a ride.

    July 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd also be interested in a ride from the DC area if anyone is leaving from here and has room for one more.

    July 18

    • Delong

      Will be leaving from AU/GU area northwest DC. Can take passengers

      July 24

  • Bill P.

    I will also need a ride from Montgomery County or DC locations. Can get to Shady Grove or meet at a spot off I-270.

    July 22

    • Moe

      Bill,
      I left the message on your phone. If you can able to get to Burtonsville park and ride, I can take you to Catoctin and back.
      Moe [masked]

      July 22

  • Betsy L.

    Would love a ride from NW DC or further north along the red line -- could meet at any station toward Shady Grove.

    July 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will anyone be driving from DC? Please let me know, thanks!

    July 12

  • rachel

    Is anyone driving from DC? Happy to help with gas $.

    July 5

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