Get to know the Catoctin Forest
Home to not one, but two incredible parks: Catoctin Mountain Park (NPS) and Cunningham Falls State Park, Catoctin Mountain Forest is a vast landscape comprised of more than 11,000 acres of winding trails, hardwood trees, and a diverse array of historic structures and resources that reflect the early fabric of our country. In 2009, a dedicated group of volunteers came together in hopes of protecting this important cultural and recreational landmark. Now known as the Catoctin Forest Alliance (CFA), these volunteers have worked hard to achieve their mission of "preserving and promoting the health of the Catoctin Mountain forest for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations." As the primary friends group providing support to Catoctin Mountain Park, CFA focuses on educating both children and adults to be powerful stewards and champions of the environment and this special place. From annual cash scholarships to exemplary environmental science students, to SUCCESS...a program that brings at-risk students to the park each week to learn about trail maintenance, use of tools, and team work. CFA is truly making a difference in their community. If you want to learn more about the Catoctin Forest Alliance and their many in-park programs, visit their website or follow them on Facebook. You can also join other CFA members and supporters this spring for their Annual Day of Service. On May 14th, volunteers will spend the day staining the historic cabins, removing barberry or doing trail work. If you would like to help and lend a hand, contact [email protected].