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Cat Rock & Bob’s Hill Natural Area: Cunningham Falls and Cat Rock! A Mod 8 Miles

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Cunningham Falls State Park and Cat Rock & Bobs Hill Natural Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 8 Mile Hike

Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , MD

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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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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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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 — 8:15 a.m.

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

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

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 ( 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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