Summary: The trail begins at the Sawmill Trail parking lot. Start with a short ascent along a boardwalk to the sawmill. This 1800's era sawmill is really fascinating for the youngsters interested in how things work. As you examine the mill try to figure out how the spinning circular motion of the water wheel is redirected into the reciprocal motion of the saw and then try to figure out how the logs were moved forward!
You will pickup Deerfield trail just past campsite #30. The trail is nicely maintained here and the interpretive guide (from the visitor's center) certainly adds interest. The trail is very well marked and the map will help considerably with the only tricky spot just after you cross Foxville-Deerfield Road. Here keep an eye out for a sharp ascending left trail. This is your trail.
Throughout the trail you will see the tell-tale Catoctin greenstone, lots of Beech, Maple, and Oak, and the occasional Jack-in-the-pulpit.
Trailhead: Catoctin Mountain National Park, Frederick County, MD. From Frederick, take Route 15 North to Thurmont. Take the MD 77 exit and head west (right hand turn at bottom of exit ramp). About 3 miles later the entrance for Catoctin Mountain National Park will appear on your right. As you turn into the entrance (Park Central Road) the Visitor's Center will appear on your right. Stop in to pick up the Deerfield Nature Trail guide. Proceed on Park Central Road, crossing Manahan Road, and finally making a right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. Stay alert because in about a mile you will see a small pull-over parking area on your left marked with a sign for the Sawmill Trail. This is the trailhead. (Lat:39.679 Lon:-77.484)
Trail Guides for Owen`s Creek Campground Loop:
50 HIkes in Maryland
by Leonard Adkins (Backcountry Guides)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Catoctin Mountain National Park Service: (301)-663-9388
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