Oct 4, 2019
You know that about a week ago I went hiking in the Catoctin Mts. I haven’t completely finished the photos, but I’ve got enough to share with you. The rest will just have to wait.
The Catoctin Mountains are about a half hour drive from Frederick, heading north towards Gettysburg. There are plenty of hiking trails and cabins, and there’s a campground, Cunningham Falls, on the other side of 77, also has campgrounds. But I’ve never been there.
The word catoctin means a residual hill or ridge that rises above a peneplain and preserves on its summit a remnant of an older peneplain. Peneplain is a more or less level land surface produced by erosion over a long period, undisturbed by crustal movement. (Miriam Webster dictionary)
The word Catoctin is a name of an Algonquian origin that refers to a number of geographical designations in the Mid-Atlantic United States. The Catoctin Mountains are part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Maryland and Virginia.
Hog Rock Trail is a 1 mile loop and is realtively easy. The hardest part is in the beginning when there is a slight incline. (I didn’t do the loop. I walked up to the rock, sat for a while and took some pics, then walked back the way I came. Maybe next time I’ll do the loop.)
I’ve lost the pamphlet that they have available at the head of the trail, but Catoctin Greenstone is basically lava rock. I looked it up on the web and all I could find was a bunch of big, scientific words. And since I’m not a scientist, I will forego that and give you a basic definition. 🙂
At the Top
The stairs just make it easier going down and back up, also helps with erosion.
Things We Find
I had stepped off the trail to see if I could find any hickory nuts, and found this snail shell. (I did find some hickory nuts, but they’re not included in this post.)
Where Things Grow
This memorial is located near the park entrance.
looks like fish…
So,that’s about all the info I have (for now) about Hog Rock.
Expect uneven, rocky, and hilly terrain on the majority of the trails.
This is printed on one of the brochures I was able to find, thought I would include it.
Some other interesting facts:
“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.”
– Albert Einstein
Hope you enjoyed!
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!
click on either image to see what I have available at Picfair and Pinterest (I’m going to be taking a break and will upload some photos to both sooner or later. I work today…)