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Washington, DC: Blue Ridge Overlook to Cunningham Falls

Escape on a 5-mile loop through Catoctin Mountain Park, where healthy hardwoods, unique fungi, and a host of fauna conceal this area’s industrial past.

Rating

With 25 miles of trails tucked into a network just 90 minutes north of D.C., Catoctin Mountain Park offers options for all levels of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. This 5-mile loop starts from the Visitors Center and hikes gentle grades under a mix of maple and oak forest. Along the way you’ll hike past several overlooks and a old coal-mining site before arriving at Cunningham Falls, a 78-foot, photo-worthy cascade.
-Mapped by Peter Qureini

To Trailhead

I-270 N to Frederick, MD, then US 15 N to MD 77 W into park. From park entrance, go 2.7 mi.; R @ visitor center. Park in lot.

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