Three Western Maryland national parks this month concluded operations to reduce overabundant white-tailed deer that threaten the historic scenery of two Civil War battlefields and a 5,810-acre hardwood mountain forest. This season, more than eight tons of venison were donated to the local Maryland Food Bank, the Thurmont Food Bank, the Help Hotline and the Lunch Place soup kitchen.
Catoctin Mountain Park
Three National Park System units in western Maryland are turning to culling operations to tamp down the white-tailed deer populations in their parks. The National Park Service plans to donate all suitable meat from reduction activities to local food banks.
Electric charging stations are beginning to sprout up around the National Park System, making it a bit easier for visitors with electric vehicles to recharge while enjoying the parks.
TRACK Trails, a kid-friendly trails program created by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to encourage youth to get outdoors, is expanding to Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland.
This is the time for wildflowers in the Appalachians. Where can you see them? Wildflower weekends are being hosted by many parks in the next few weeks. Going with an expert is the best way to learn about wildflowers.
With its densely forested landscape, Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland doesn't easily give up its secrets. But if you have a trained eye, you can spot ancient quarries Native Americans relied on for their tools.
Natural beauty in the National Park System is not harbored solely in the Rocky Mountains, the High Sierra, or the Cascades. Drift through the pages of a new book that revolves around the nation's capital and you'll be treated to snow drifts and Swallowtail butterflies in perhaps the most unexpected places.
At Maryland's Catoctin Mountain Park, a Whiskey Still Gets You Up Close and Personal with Moonshine History
An easy hike on the Blue Blazes Whiskey Still Trail in Catoctin Mountain Park brings you to one of the more unusual exhibits you'll see in a national park -- a genuine whiskey still set up on the secluded site of a very eventful Prohibition-era raid.
Finicky bears, addled boaters, a cannon that was, a cannonball that wasn’t. In 2009, these and other outside-the-box stories reminded us that you just never know what you’re going to run into – or what might run into you -- in America’s national parks.
Catoctin Mountain Park offers a lot of great activities, but boating is not one of them. A motorist towing a boat past the park recently confirmed that's the case with an unplanned, and very unorthodox, "boat launching."