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Hog Rock

Catoctin Mountain Park

Greater Washington D.C., Maryland

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  • Start at the visitor center; turn right to find the trail. - Hog Rock
  • Follow the orange blazes.  - Hog Rock
  • Catoctin Mountain Park is very well marked. Follow the trail blazes and signs whenever you get to a crossroads.- Hog Rock
  • Winter storms left their marks along this path.- Hog Rock
  • The path can be rocky, but it is still relatively moderate.- Hog Rock
  • As a bonus, take a detour to see a sweeping view at Blue Ridge Summit Overlook.- Hog Rock
  • The view at Blue Ridge Summit Overlook.- Hog Rock
  • For those not looking for a longer hike, there is a parking lot near Hog Rock where you can park.- Hog Rock
  • This sign greets you as you cross the parking lot to the path to Hog Rock.  Pick up a flyer at the beginning of the path and read about each of the nature stops along the way.- Hog Rock
  • One of the stops.- Hog Rock
  • A view from the trail.- Hog Rock
  • Hog Rock is one of the more popular hikes in Catoctin National Park.  - Hog Rock
  • Enjoy the view once you get there. For the loop, follow the trail down the mountain on the other side.- Hog Rock
  • Once you get to the bottom of the hill, follow the trail back to the visitor center. For a small detour, you can cross the road and visit Cunningham Falls. This offers a separate view from the normal one from Cunningham Falls State Park.- Hog Rock
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Views. Scenery.
Cons: 
Can get crowded.
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Region:
Greater Washington D.C., MD
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
1,610.00 ft (490.73 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
Total elevation gain: 
690.00 ft (210.31 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
920.00 ft (280.42 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Hog Rock is a popular 4.6-mile loop hike in Catoctin Mountain Park. It's a little bit longer than other loops, and the view isn't as expansive as others, such as Chimney Rock, but the scenery is beautiful. In addition, this loop connects to a short detour to Cunningham Falls, one of Maryland's most popular waterfalls. The Hog Rock area of Catoctin Mountain Park is part of the Catoctin Formation and is made up of metabasalt, which is a kind of metamorphic rock, and the stones have a greenish-gray color.  

Start this hike at the Catoctin Mountain Park visitor center. Go to the far right of the parking lot to start the loop to Hog Rock. Follow the yellow blazes up the mountain. This part can get a little steep. As an added bonus, there is another lookout on the yellow blazed trail called Blue Ridge Summit Vista. This offers a beautiful view of the valley below.  

There is a parking lot on top of Catoctin Mountain that allows you to park closer to Hog Rock summit, but it is closed in the winter. If you take the yellow blazed trail, you will cross this parking lot. From the parking lot, it is only about a half mile to the Hog Rock overlook. The park also provides a nature loop around Hog Rock that gives you a geology and nature lesson of the area. Brochures are available at the start of the trail from the parking lot, and each stop is well marked on the trail.

After reaching the summit, follow the trail left down the mountain to continue on the loop. At the bottom of the trail you have the option to take a short detour to Cunningham Falls. If you have never seen the falls, it is worth the quick detour to experience them. Be warned; they are popular, and unfortunately many people do not adhere to the signs requesting visitors to stay on the boardwalks. In order to avoid this, visit the falls early. After this optional detour, follow the yellow blazes back to the visitor center.

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