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Cunningham Falls / Hog Rock Vista / Blue Ridge Summit Loop at Catoctin Mountain

Cunningham Falls / Hog Rock Vista / Blue Ridge Summit Loop at Catoctin Mountain

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 7:25am
Catoctin Mountain is located approximately 60 miles northwest of Washington DC. The park is probably best known as the home of Camp David, and offers a variety of activities for outdoor lovers including fishing, rock climbing, and hiking. The Cunningham Falls / Hog Rock Vista / Blue Ridge Summit Loop is a challenging 5 mile hike with mountain views and a stop at Cunningham Falls.
Distance: 
5.0mi
Difficulty: 
Challenging
Scenery: 
Excellent
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Photo Op: 
Cunningham Falls.
Location: 
Catoctin Mountain Visitor Center
14707 Park Central Road
Thurmont , MD
Metro Accessible: 
No
What to Bring: 
Water. Bug spray. Map.
Food Options: 
Thurmont has some food options but none are reviewed terribly well. If you have time and are coming from the District, make a stop in Frederick where there are plenty of options.
Additional Information: 

Without traffic Catoctin Mountain about an 80 minute drive from the District. if possible, you want to get there early on weekends (before 10am) as parking can become a problem. 

A link to the trail map is provided below. 

This particular hike is fairly strenuous (there are a fair number of rather lengthy hills) and is not appropriate for young children. Check out the Catoctin Mountain hiking page (link below) for more information on shorter hikes. Longer hike options are available as well.

Whatever hike you choose, make an effort to stop at Cunningham Falls. 

The trails are not terribly well marked, but there are signs along the trail offering directions and distances to various landmarks. Make sure to bring your map and keep an eye on these signs and you should have no problem keeping on track.

Pets are welcome but must be leashed.

Disclaimer: 
Environmental conditions in cities, parks, etc. can change rapidly and without our knowledge. We do not make any claims as to the accuracy of information presented on this page. Further, hiking can be a dangerous activity that may result in bodily harm and possibly death. We hope the information that we provide will help you prepare for your hike, but do not imply that the information provided is complete. It is your responsibility to prepare yourself for whatever challenges you may face. If you decide to use any of the information on this page, you do so at your own risk.
Images: 

"Cunningham Forest Bridge & Stream - HDR" by Flickr user Nicolas Raymond. License

"Cunningham Falls - HDR" by Flickr user Nicolas RaymondLicense

Cunningham Falls / Hog Rock Vista / Blue Ridge Summit Loop at Catoctin Mountain. Summer 2015.

Cunningham Falls / Hog Rock Vista / Blue Ridge Summit Loop at Catoctin Mountain. Summer 2015.

Cunningham Falls / Hog Rock Vista / Blue Ridge Summit Loop at Catoctin Mountain. Summer 2015.

Cunningham Falls / Hog Rock Vista / Blue Ridge Summit Loop at Catoctin Mountain. Summer 2015.

Cunningham Falls / Hog Rock Vista / Blue Ridge Summit Loop at Catoctin Mountain. Summer 2015.

Cunningham Falls / Hog Rock Vista / Blue Ridge Summit Loop at Catoctin Mountain. Summer 2015.

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