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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service


Catoctin Mountain Park, established in 1936, is located along the eastern portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Thurmont, Maryland. The 5,890.36-acre mixed hardwood forest includes abundant wildlife, freshwater streams, and interesting geologic formations. The purpose of Catoctin Mountain Park is to provide meaningful recreational opportunities while protecting and interpreting the park’s natural, historical, and cultural resources in the regenerative spirit of 1930s New Deal conservation programs. This National Park’s diverse cultural resources provide several vignettes of our nation's history in one small location. Native Americans quarried rhyolite for the production of lithic tools. Evidence of the charcoal and iron industry are still visible today, along with smaller industries including farms, sawmills, and prohibition alcohol distillation. Historic structures, products of the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps, along with the site of our nation's first Job Corps Center, are tangible reminders of the capability of vigorous youth programs to strengthen the nation's economic and social fabric.

Start Date - 2023-05-06

End Date - 2024-05-03

Activities include: General Assistance;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: No Housing/Amenities Available

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1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240, US

Mission Statement

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


The U.S. National Park Service,, cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. We care for more than 400 national parks and help communities preserve their historic places and open spaces.


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14707 Park Central RoadThurmont, MD 21788



  • Environmental Education
  • Interpreter


  • People 55+


  • Sunday;Saturday

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