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OWENS CREEK CAMPGROUND, MD

part ofCatoctin Mountain Park, National Park Service
Photo: OWENS CREEK CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Thu Apr 30 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Owens Creek Campground offers families and individuals enjoyable primitive tent camping. Located just five miles from Thurmont, Maryland, in the rolling hills of Catoctin Mountain Park.

Natural Features:

The campground is surrounded by a rolling landscape, perfect for hikes of any level from easy to extremely strenuous. Owens Creek flows past the campground providing a peaceful setting beside a bubbling brook. Whether blanketed in snow in winter months, brilliant with color in the fall or blooming with wildflowers in the spring, Owens Creek offers beautiful scenery all year.

Recreation:

As a primitive camping area, Owens Creek encourages visitors to use healthy doses of imagination while surrounded by the natural landscape. Nature hikes and campfire circles are popular activities. Browns Farm Trail offers budding archeologists with a peek into the history of the area. This trail is also a youth friendly 'Track Trail'. For more information go to: www.kidsinparks.com . Catoctin Mountain Park boasts 25 miles of trails.

Facilities:

This campground contains 50 single campsites with a limit of five people, or immediate family, per site. There are no-hookups. Maximum 22' trailer length. There are three pull through sites. Flush toilets, showers and drinking water are available and centrally located in the campground. All sites are equipped with a tent pad, picnic tables, and fire ring. All tents must fit on the tent pads. Firewood is available for purchase.

Nearby Attractions:

Other National Park Service units in the area are: Antietam National Battlefield www.nps.gov/ancm/index.htm 26 miles, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm 28 miles, Eisenhower National Historic Site www.nps.gov/eise/index.htm 20 miles, Gettysburg National Military Park www.nps.gov/gett/index/htm 20 miles, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm 37 miles, Monocacy National Battlefield www.nps.gov/mono/index.htm 18 miles, Appalachian National Scenic Trail www.nps.gov/appa/index.htm , 8 miles, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail www.nps.gov/pohe/index.htm , 26 miles.

Other Attractions: Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo www.cwpzoo.com , Cunningham Falls State Park www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/cunningham.asp , Tourism Council of Frederick County www.fredericktourism.org , Washington County Hagerstown, MD www.marylandmemories.org/home.html .

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Cell phone service
  • Creek Access
  • Educational Programs
  • Emergency Services
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Showers
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Church
  • Food Services
  • Lake Access
  • Museum
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scenic Drive
  • Swimming
  • Visitor Center
  • Water Access
Know Before You Go
  • Catoctin Mountain Park is open all year.
  • Park Central Road closes in the winter months and occasionally due to increased additional security needs. Closures are posted on the Catoctin Mountain Park website. Please check before your visit to avoid any inconvenience or disappointment.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited from all park areas administered by Catoctin Mountain Park, unless authorized by a permit issued by the Superintendent.
  • Catoctin Mountain Park has banned the use of firewood from outside the park. This ban will protect the forest from destructive insects that could have a devastating effect on park trees. Firewood is available onsite for a fee of $5 per bucket.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.66042, -77.48186
39°39'38"N, 77°28'55"W

For GPS Use Only: The street address is 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville, MD. This is not the mailing address.
The Park mailing address is: Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788.

From Washington DC Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north to I495 to I270 north 27 miles to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 17 miles north to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign is marked Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, keep left and continue on Foxville-Deerfield Road for approximately 1 mile and turn left into Owens Creek Campground.

From Baltimore, MD Take I695 beltway to I70 West to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 North to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park.) Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, keep left and continue on Foxville-Deerfield Road for approximately 1 mile and turn left into Owens Creek Campground.

From Hagerstown, MD Take I70 East to Route 66 North for 7 miles. Turn right onto Route 64 (East) for 1 mile then turn right at a traffic light onto Route 77 East for approximately 4 miles. Turn left onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, keep left and continue on Foxville-Deerfield Road for approximately 1 mile and turn left into Owens Creek Campground.

From Gettysburg, PA Take Route 15 South. In Thurmont, MD, exit onto Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park.) Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, keep left and continue on Foxville-Deerfield Road for approximately 1 mile and turn left into Owens Creek Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

OWENS CREEK CAMPGROUND
6602 Foxville Rd
Thurmont  MD  21788

Phone Number:

Information:  (301)663-9388
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