A pleasant escape from the high-powered urban landscapes of Washington, DC and Baltimore, the Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byway provides a relaxing drive through some of Maryland's most spectacular natural beauty. Along the Byway you'll find access to two different national parks, the state's highest waterfall, and abundant hiking and biking trails. In addition to scenic and natural beauty, visit revitalized historic downtowns, Civil War sites, and glimpses of the early industrial era during your trip. Step into one of the towns along the way for good food, lodging, and shopping.
The scenic natural splendor of the area surrounding Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byway comes from a unique geographical location. Flanked by the rolling mountains and deep creeks of the Blue Ridge province on one side and the gently rolling terrain of Monocacy River Valley in the Piedmont province, the area surrounding the Byway bursts with ecological diversity and value. Home to Camp David, the nearby Catoctin Mountain National Park contains thousands of acres of federally protected land, including an extensive trail system and tranquil camping spots.
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