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part ofCatoctin Mountain Park, National Park Service


Wolf Rock is located in scenic Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland. It is an excellent location for beginners to learn basic, low-level top-rope climbing or for experienced climbers to hone their skills in a low-risk environment.

Climbing routes at Wolf Rock range from 5.0 to 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.

Rocky outcrops like those at 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 surrounds it.

For general rules and regulations, click here.

Know Before You Go
  • Climbing is allowed by permit only; free permits are available through the National Recreation Reservation System only (; walk-ins will be directed to the reservation system to obtain permits before going to Wolf Rock
  • Permits may be obtained up to 6 months in advance and are issued year-round with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays in October
  • Permits are issued on a first come, first served basis in real time and will be available until a maximum capacity of 25 has been reached for that day
  • An individual may reserve a permit for 1-25 people per day on a single reservation; a transaction fee will be collected at the time of reservation
  • Reservations may be made on behalf of groups but commercial outfitters or others charging a fee for services associated with rock climbing must obtain a special use permit or a commercial use authorization; please call the Superintendent's Office at 301-663-9330 for details
  • Permit holder must be at least 18 years old
  • Cancellations are encouraged to make the facility available for other users; transaction fees will not be refunded

Contact Information

Catoctin Mountain Park
6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

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