Summary: This is a very short and easy stroll through a wooded interpretive trail. Along the hike you'll get a feel for what it would have been like working in the Catoctin Mountains around the turn of the century.
As you hike you'll see mostly reproduction artifacts, including a logging sled and a collier's hut. You can really sense what a rustic experience it must have been.
Though not an otherwise exciting or even invigorating hike, this a decent spot for the younger hiker to stretch their legs in relatively safe environs. This hike left my 6 year old thirsting for more and my 2 1/2 year old nearly ready for the transition to Dad's back for a nice nap.
Trailhead: From Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 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. The Visitor Center is on the right (stop in for maps and trail guides). Continue past the Visitor Center on Park Central Road. You will be looking for the second parking area, marked Charcoal Trail / Thurmont Vista.
Trail Guides for Catoctin Mountain Park - Charcoal Trail:
Hikes in Western Maryland
by Golightly (Golightly)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Catoctin Mountain National Park Service: (301)-663-9388
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brian Talbert, who has posted 20 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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