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Catoctin Mountain Park

Catoctin Mountain Park

Catoctin Mountain Park is located in north central area of MD in the forested Catoctin Mountain ridge. The park is approximately 8 square miles featuring streams and panoramic vistas of the Monocacy Valley. Catoctin Mountain Park is managed by the National Park Service and is south of Cunningham Falls State Park. The park was a source of fuel to the nearby iron furnaces, used for farming and harvesting of trees for timber. In the 1930s, the land was purchased by the federal government to be...
Cunningham Falls State Park

Cunningham Falls State Park

Cunningham Falls State Park is a state park located west of Thurmont in the Catoctin Mountains and bordering the Catoctin Mountain Park to the north. It features the 78 foot (24 meter) cascading waterfalls which is the largest in Maryland, a 43-acre (17 ha) man-made lake, and Catoctin Furnace, a historic iron furnace in the park. Before the arrival of Europeans, Native Americans used the area for fishing, hunting and for rhyolite to make projectile weapons. During the 19th century, European settlers began to cut...
Catoctin Furnace

Catoctin Furnace

The Catoctin Furnace is part of Thurmont’s Cunningham Falls State Park. The furnace can be reached from the Catoctin Furnace trail which goes from the main entrance of the park to the furnace and manor area off of Route 806. In the past ten years the furnace has been reconstructed to preserve its history and to make this area safer for people to visit. The “Isabella” furnace that remains today is the second of three furnaces that were built. The first furnace was built in...