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Holiday Hike at Cat Rock & Bob’s Hill Natural Area: Waterfall/Cat Rock! Mod 8 Mi

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  • Holiday Hike at Cunningham Falls State Park: Cat Rock and Bobs Hill Natural Area - Featuring Cat Rock and McAfee Falls! A Moderate 8 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal

    "A hike up Catoctin Mountain to the summit of Cat Rock (elev. 1,560 feet) yields the reward of an unforgettable view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Frederick Valley. Although no one knows for sure, Cat Rock got its name either from its resemblance to a cat or from the fact that bobcats have been seen there.

    At Cat Rock's peak, the quartzite outcrop is extensive and spectacular, featuring jagged cliffs with a jumble of giant boulders below, forming an intricate network of caves and deep crevices. The dry, exposed rocks support little vegetation, but do feature a variety of colorful lichens and mosses. The expansive forests surrounding these geologic wonders are maturing second growth. Historically, the trees were cut to support charcoal production at the Catoctin Furnace between 1776 to 1903.

    Cat Rock and Bobs Hill Natural Area lies mostly within Cunningham Falls State Park. This Natural Area is embedded within the largest contiguous tract of forest remaining in this part of Maryland. Large unbroken forest tracts are critical for a wide variety of species that are otherwise uncommon in the State. These forest dwelling species include American black bear, bobcat, and the bristly North American porcupine, as well as many birds, such as ovenbird and broad-winged hawk. The combination of a large forest tract with an extensive boulder field also provides core habitat for the Allegheny Woodrat (Neotoma magister), listed as Endangered in Maryland" Portions of narrative information provided on this page are provided with permission granted from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

    A trip to Cunningham Falls State Park would not be complete without a visit to the scenic 78-foot waterfall, for which the park is named. Cunningham Falls are the largest cascading waterfall in the state.

    Trail Information
    Activity Type: Hiking
    Nearby City: Thurmont
    Elev. Gain: 1500 feet
    Length: 8 Total miles
    Trail Type: Circuit
    Skill Level: Moderate to Very Moderate due to a steep climb and terrain.
    Features: McAfee Falls (largest cascading waterfall in Maryland), Rock Outcrops, Quartzite Cliffs, Forest Interior Dwelling Species, and Extensive Mixed Oak-Heath Forests
    Possible Unique Wildlife: Bobcats and the unique Allegheny Woodrat
    Local Contacts: Cunningham State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park

    Park Fee
    There is no park entrance fee.

    Gear Suggestions
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    for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

    Hike Pace
    The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.

    Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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    to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.

    Carpool Suggestions and Information

    Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.

    Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
    To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

    DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
    To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.

    Columbia Area Suggestion - Broken Land Pkwy and Rt. 32 Park and Ride
    To carpool or caravan from the Columbia area, people can arrange to meet at the Broken Land Parkway and Rt. 32 Park and Ride. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Broken Land Parkway and Rt. 32 Park and Ride location.

    If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. 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 Meet for this Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.

    The Hike is at 10:00 a.m. 

    Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:15a.m.

    Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 8:20 a.m.

    Carpool Time from 32 Park and Ride — 9:00 a.m.

    Optional Post Hike Lunch
    We will have an optional post hike meal at nearby Mountain Gate Restaurant (next door to the now-defunct Cozy restaurant). The Mountain Gate is renowned for their delicious homemade cooking, fresh baked goods, catering, and unique gift shops. Click Here for additional restaurant information, including their menu. The address for the restaurant is 133 Frederick Road, Thurmont, Maryland. All who want to join us for a fantastic post hike meal and camaraderie can convoy over together if you are directionally challenged... 

    Nearby Post Hike Ideas and Suggestions:

    Catoctin Mountain Orchard
    Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo

    Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and donations ARE tax deductibleTax ID: [masked].

    A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

    Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there


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    • Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked]. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. 

    • Click Here to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. 

    • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

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RSVPs close: Dec 23 at 11:45 PM

  • Michael H.
    Certified Hike Leader and Wilderness Medical First Responder, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host

    I am a proud member of the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group leadership team.

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  • Penny L.
    Certified Hike Leader

    Movement + the good outdoors + friends old & new... PRICELESS!

  • Wendy R.

    I live close to DT Silver Spring and enjoy walking outdoors. I frequently attend... more

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