Permit Availability

Entrance Description

Rocky outcrops, like Wolf Rock, stand as evidence of 500 million years of mountain building and erosion on Catoctin Mountain. The weather-resistant quartzite formation stands nearly thirty feet above the other meta-sedimentary rock, and the soil-covered bedrock that surround it. Wolf Rock is an excellent location for beginners to learn basic low-level, top-rope climbing or for experienced climbers to hone the skills in a low-risk environment. Climbing at Wolf Rock ranges from 5.0-5.3 in difficulty. It is the only location where rappelling, top-roping, or any form of climbing involving ropes or technical equipment is permitted in Catoctin Mountain Park.

Know Before You Go:

  • Do not climb alone.
  • Stringent safety precautions will be exercised at all times. Safety helmets and UIAA (International Climbing Federation) or equivalently approved climbing equipment are required.
  • Pets are prohibited at Wolf Rock. Pets brought to the climbing area must be on a leash attended by an adult. Pets may not be tied to trees or other natural features.
  • Fires are not permitted.
  • Climbers may be required to reimburse the United States for search, rescue and recovery in the case of accident or other emergency.


A: Available for online reservation (click to book entry date)
L: Accepting Lottery Application (click to apply for the lottery)
W: Available at the Facility
R: Reserved
C: Closed
X: Not available
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