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Catoctin Mountain Park: Wild & Adventurous Horse Trail! A Moderate 7.2 Mile Hike

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Catoctin Mountain National Park: The Wild, Adventurous and Little Known Horse Trail with Optional Post Hike Lunch! A Moderate 7.2 Mile Hike

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. While this hike is on a trail named "Horse Trail," we humans hike it too. However, like many trails, it is open to horses, but unlike the trail's name implies, for some reason, we tend not to see many, if any horses while we are on the trail. So come on out and join Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group for an enjoyable adventure on what we refer to as the "hidden gem" of Catoctin Mountain Park.

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 backcountry shelters connect with the trails. The Catoctin Trail and the Horse Trail dominate the west side where we are hiking today.

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Thurmont
Length: 7.2 Total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Catoctin Mountain 

Park Entry 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, snow 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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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
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.

The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.

Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:45 a.m.

Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 8:30 a.m.

Carpool Time from  32 Park and Ride — 8:00 a.m.

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 deductible. Tax 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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  • Stephanie Sipos C.

    Awesome time hiking! Thanks to our fearless leaders Kevin and Greg, my first time friend loved it!

    1 · 6h ago

  • Kevin M.

    What a great everyone. Thank you for coming out and enjoying the perfect weather and awesome company. I really look forward seeing all of you again. Thank you Greg for sweeping once again!

    1 · 9h ago

  • Lisa

    Fun hike today! Thanks for leading, Kevin and sweeping, Greg!

    2 · Yesterday

  • Jennifer L

    My earlier appointment ran over. Got to parking area too late at 10:20. Tried to see if I could run a ways to catch up with you. I don't know the area. Sorry! So sad I missed it!


  • Hannah M.

    Hi there! My name's Hannah, and I am new to the group and to the area actually. I just wanted to check and see if there was going to be a carpool from Centerville? I, unfortunately, am at the mercy of a borrowed car for transportation so I cannot drive out to the hike in question. I am more than happy to compensate and bring snacks/music!

    4 days ago

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