Hike Chimney Rock at Catoctin Mountain Park

Thurmont, Maryland

4.2/5
based on 5 reviews

Details

Distance

5 miles

Elevation Gain

600 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

Added by Brad Duncan

Easy access and parking at Catoctin Mountain make this an easy to locate day trip. Parking throughout the park offers visitors the option to piece together their hikes based on ability, landmarks, and distance.

Chimney Rock is the quintessential breathtaking view that makes a hike worthwhile. By parking at the most northeast parking lot on the trail map you are able to include the sweeping views of Thurmont Vista, and Wolf Rock on your way to Chimney Rock. Highly recommend visiting in the fall, and on weekdays if possible, as the park is popular and can become very crowded.

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Reviews

This was super pleasant during the winter. It wasn't too cold (although pretty windy up top, so layer up) and I'd done the hike (as a run) earlier in the year so I knew what to expect.

Close proximity to D.C. and fantastic views! The last section on the way back to the visitors center is probably the most tiring part in my opinion due the the continuous small ups and downs. Overall a very nice local hike!

Fun looped trail, all of the way around to see all vistas and waterfall is about 8 miles total. Some area are available now for bouldering so bring your mat! Park at hog rock parking lot t and easily access some rocks to scale.

We started from the visitors center and because of all of the rain the beginning part of the trail is some-what washed away. As long as you follow the road to the trail head leading from the road you'll be fine. From this point everything is well marked. We went on a foggy misty morning but it was really nice to cool off once we got to chimney rock. Great cardio workout!

This is definitely my favorite hike in this park, the views from Chimney Rock are very beautiful. I always try and go on a weekday to avoid the weekend crows.

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