Mary Ann and I took a day trip on April 14, 2016, to Catoctin Mountain Park up near Thurmont, Maryland to hike/climb the mountain. We achieved our goal of hiking and climbing to Chimney Rock where the view is spectacular. Our hike was only 3 miles but it was a bit strenuous. The best part of this climb was that the temperatures were in the low 50s – nice and cool and dry – and there was not a cloud in the sky. It was also good to visit the park on a weekday, so there were very few people there – we saw about 6.
The interesting thing about this park is that the Catoctin Mountain Park is a National Park. Across the road is Cunningham Falls State Park. And very nearby is Camp David, where the Presidential retreat is located.
(Edited on 4/21) Ok, I have to edit this post. “Climbing a Mountain” is a stretch. A real stretch. Many of my avid readers will laugh at this. So let me bring it down a bit… While it is called a mountain in the name, it is really not a mountain. Heck, Chimney Rock is only 1,419 feet high. Given that the park headquarters is at 840 feet, Chimney Rock is really just one of the high points in the big hill. But hey, I didn’t name it a mountain, the US Government named it a mountain. So who is to argue. That said, it was still a good hike. We did climb a few rocks. We did sweat even though it was pretty cold. And we enjoyed the day.