- From the NPS administration's parking lot, take the unmarked trail that begins left of the bulletin board coming to the marked trailhead in approximately 10 yards. From the trailhead, you'll make a steady ascent along a rock-strewn path draped by towering oaks and maples. In about a half mile, the trail eases. As it travels around the mountainous ridgeline, you come upon a T-junction. Head left to reach the panoramas provided on Chimney Rock (1,419 feet). The southeastern peak is Cat Rock, also accessible from the administration's parking lot.
Either retrace your steps back to the parking lot or continue north to Wolf Rock reached at 2.7 miles round-trip and 1,401 feet, a well-known rock-climbing locale. Some hikers press on further reaching Thurmont Vista at 3.6 miles round-trip and 1,499 feet. Intersecting trails wind back to the NPS visitor center (different from administration parking lot) and several other parking lots.
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