Camp Misty Mount brings together small groups, families and individuals for rustic mountain cabin camping in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland. The historic stone and wood cabins were built in 1937 as part of a federal program during the Great Depression. The cabins provided outdoor recreational opporunties for nearby urban areas, and over 80 years later you can still enjoy the outdoor opportunities provided by Misty Mount!
Camp Misty Mount is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, building, structures and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historic significance. These rustic American chestnut cabins can accommodate three to eight people. They have interior and exterior lighting, metal cots with vinyl mattresses, waste and recycle bins and broom. The (4) lodges have a table and bench seating. The exterior of each cabin site has a picnic table, and fire ring/grill. Firewood is available in woodsheds located in the lower loop and near the host cabin. Centrally located comfort stations include hot showers, flush toilets and sinks. Lower loop has the women's facilities, middle loop has the men's facility, and the upper loop has both men's and women's facilities. Three dishwashing stations are located throughout the camp. Water from the dishwashing stations is potable. The swimming pool is available late May through early September.
A dining hall and commercial kitchen are available for group rental only. In order to reserve this facility groups must reserve at least 8 cabins. The dining hall/ kitchen facility does not have restrooms or parking. Please contact the Camp Manager for details at CATO_Camp_Manager@nps.gov or 240-818-7086.
Reservations may be made 6 months in advance
Public Health and Safety:
Following the latest science and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the National Park Service is requiring visitors, employees, and contractors to wear a mask inside all NPS buildings, public transportation systems, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels. This also applies to outdoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails and overlooks.
Reservations are currently accepted on a 6 month rolling scheduled.
No walk-in reservations are accepted.
Check-In Time is after 3:00 p.m. Check-Out Time is 12:00 p.m.
Cellular service is limited or not available depending on your provider. Cellular towers in the park are serviced by Verizon and AT&T.
Check-in and check-out procedures have been modified to support social distancing guidelines. The camp office will be closed to the public. Upon arrival reservation holders will contact the camp office by telephone from their vehicle. Cabin reservations instructions will be delivered by staff in parking lot B across from the camp office. Check-in packages for late arrivals will be available on the camp office porch.
No pets, alcohol, weapons or hunting is allowed.
No parking or vehicles are allowed in cabin areas with the exception of initial unloading and final departure loading. Vehicles will be permitted in cabin areas for persons with a disability or otherwise limited physical mobility.
Sleeping is restricted to the cabins. The number of occupants in each cabin shall not exceed the number of beds. No tents, trailers or canopies are allowed.
Guests are responsible for cleaning up the cabin interior and exterior prior to departure. Check-out instructions will be posted inside each cabin.
Camp Misty Mount can be reserved in its entirety (29 cabins).
The reservations for the Dining Hall will be accepted directly through Catoctin Mountain Park. The contact information for reservations is: 240-818-7086/ CATO_CampManager@nps.gov. A minimum of 7 cabins are required to rent the Dining Hall facility.
Firewood: The transportation of firewood into the park is not permitted. Dead/downed wood may be collected. Split firewood is available for reservation holders in Camp Misty Mount for a suggested donation of $5.00 per bucket.
The swimming pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting.
Camp Misty Mount is surrounded by Eastern decidious hardwood forests on the slopes of Catoctin Mountain Park. The region is part of the Blue Ridge Province and offers access to scenic mountain views and clear streams.
Interconnected hiking trails can be reached from Misty Mount on the Wolf Rock Trail, or by driving within a mile of the camp. Try the Hog Rock Trail or the Thurmont Vista Trail for phenomenal views of the valleys below. Visitors can hike to Cunningham Falls, the tallest waterfall in Maryland, from the Visitor Center.
Misty Mount offers a number of nearby recreation opportunities.
The trailhead to Catoctin Mountain Park's trail system at Wolf Rock is a short walk from the camp. Catoctin has over 25 miles of trails with stunning overlooks. Wildlife watching, bouldering, rock climbing and fly fishing are popular activities along with hiking and camping.
Kids and adults enjoy the camp's swimming pool, open from late May through September.
Changes and Cancellations A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees.
6602 FOXVILLE ROAD THURMONT MD 21788
For campground inquiries, please call: 301-271-3140
The street address for GPS use is 14764 Park Central Road, Thurmont, MD.
From Washington DC, take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north to I-495 onto I-270 north 27 miles to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 for 17 miles north to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign is marked Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. Pass the Visitor Center and continue 7/10 of a mile and turn left into Camp Misty Mount.
From Gettysburg, PA, take Route 15 South. In Thurmont, MD, exit onto Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park). Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. Pass the Visitor Center and continue just under a mile and turn left into Camp Misty Mount.