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CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK ADIRONDACK SHELTERS, MD

part ofCatoctin Mountain Park, National Park Service
Photo: CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK ADIRONDACK SHELTERS (MD)
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

The Adirondack Shelters, located near the northern most point of Catoctin Mountain Park, provide a destination for true nature immersion and an alternative to drive-up camping. A moderate three-mile uphill hike over rocky but generally gently rolling terrain leads to the three-sided shelters similar to those found on the Appalachian Trail.

At Catoctin Mountain Park, the beauty and solitude of nearly 6,000 acres of mature Eastern Hardwood Forest beckon visitors in need of an escape. It's also a retreat for the nation's leaders, as nearby Camp David has become a regular vacation spot for U.S. presidents.

Natural Features:

Located about 60 miles from Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland, Catoctin Mountain Park lies within the mountainous Blue Ridge Province of north-central Maryland. Scenic overlooks extend across the Monocacy Valley.

Recreation:

The shelters are for backcountry hikers looking for a remote getaway. Birding and wildlife watching are some favorite activities.

Catoctin offers a 25-mile hiking trail system, picnic areas, cabin camps and a traditional campground.

Facilities:

This is a rustic camp area with no water and a pit toilet shared between the two shelters. Campers must carry adequate drinking water and supplies and pack trash out at the conclusion of their stay. The two shelters are several hundred feet apart, making them close enough for groups to use both, but far enough away to offer privacy.

The sites are available year-round and each fit five campers. Campfire rings are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Head to Wolf Rack for scenic vistas and thrilling rock climbing and rappelling. Or tour the Historic Camp Misty Mount, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Adirondack Shelter
  • Backpacking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Pit Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • An uphill, 3-mile hike is required to reach the camp
  • No pets, alcohol and firearms allowed
  • Bring all supplies, including water, food and sleeping bags.
  • No motorized vehicles or bicycles
  • Dead/downed wood may be collected for campfires
  • Vehicles must park in gravel lot at Camp Round Meadow
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack in-pack out" facility

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.67717, -77.48439
39°40'38"N, 77°29'4"W

GPS information is provided as verification of Shelter # 1, which is near Shelter #2. Users are asked to help protect park resources by using the trail system when accessing the shelters or other park features. Trail maps can be obtained at the park Visitor Center or downloaded from the Catoctin Mountain Park Website, www.nps.gov/cato. Hilly terrain and the forest canopy can prevent satellite signals from reaching your unit increasing the importance of a back-up strategy.

Take route 77 west 5 miles to Foxville Road, turn right and follow signs to Camp Round Meadow parking area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN PARK ADIRONDACK SHELTERS
Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont  MD  21788

Phone Number:

Information:  (301)663-9388
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