Thurmont Vista Loop via Falls Nature Trail

4 reviews #1 hike out of 14 in
7.6 mi
4 hrs 9 min
837 ft
Elev Gain


This is a difficult loop trail to Thurmont Vista in Cunningham Falls State Park.

This trail goes by Chimney Rock and Wolf Rock.

The rugged terrain on this trail makes it more difficult than the map may initially make it appear. Although the inclines may be shorter and more moderate than many other hikes in the area, the views are no less splendid. The hike between the Visitor Center and Chimney Rock is rocky and uneven, making for difficult footing and slow hiking. At some points the rocks are so plentiful, it can be easy to lose the trail. Fortunately, the park does a fantastic job blazing the trails.

Getting Started

The Visitor Center parking lot is not large and can fill quickly. If that is the case there are several alternate parking lots that enter the trail from different points. You can take the trail in either direction from the Visitor Center.

Taking Children

This is a good trail for children. Take the time to cross the street and visit Cunningham Falls (a short detour). Kids will love climbing over the rocks at Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock. 7/10 for children.

Public Tracks

DocDJFit 7 years, 2 months ago
Catoctin Mountain Park 8.3 Mile
This cut off the last mile of our trek. No idea why this didn't record. Coming in at 8.3 miles on our other GPS unit, the trek featured wide open, and well groomed trails. Rocks along the trail will give the bottom on your boots a workout - especially if wearing a pack with weight. Many flats with periodic inclines and descents make this trail a pleasurable hike. Thermometer read 99 degrees at the bottom, but it felt cooler up top. Nearly 4 liters of water worth of walking. Nice lunch spots.
paul 4 years, 6 months ago
TMDykes 4 years, 10 months ago
lisaleetriplets 6 years, 10 months ago
bsunny 7 years, 4 months ago
mcnairjw 7 years, 8 months ago
peteostro 9 years, 2 months ago