Catoctin Mountains Loop
Smithburg, MD 21783
Contact: Cunningham Falls State Park
Ride Distance: 30+ miles
Directions: From Smithburg: Head east on Highway 77 to Thurmont. Go North on Highway 550 (Sabillsville Road) to Fort Ritchie. Follow Highway 491 South back to Smithburg.
Description: This is a looped motorcycle ride that starts and ends in Smithburg. It will take you next to the South Mountain State Park, up to the Maryland-Pennsylvania border, east to Emmitsburg, and then south through the Catoctin Mountain Park and then ending back at Smithburg. Along the way you will ride through the wonderful Catoctin Mountain State Park and Cunningham Falls State Park which are located in the picturesque Catoctin Mountains on Highway 77. Make sure to take the time to ride up to both of the main parks off the highway. These access roads are twisty and the destinations at the actual parks are what make this otherwise short ride worthwhile. Cunningham Falls in particular features a 75-foot waterfall plus a number of designated hiking trails.