Frederick County High Point Trip Report

1900+ ft

Author: Glenn Bock

Area Location: Site of the former Foxville lookout tower near Catoctin Furnace

Maps: Catoctin Furnace Quad, DeLorme 72

Route: This point appears to be near to the Cunningham Falls State Park area. Traveling West from Thurmonton Rt. 77 (Foxville Road) pass the entrances to Catoctin National Park on Right and Cunningham Falls State Park on Left. Continue through park area and take Left on Tower Road (Southbound) Continue South for about 3/4 mile watching for Lookout tower on Right (North) side of road. If Fox Tower Road is crossed, backtrack along road as the HighPoint is North of Fox Tower Road. This appears to be an unimproved dirt road from the map. Park South of the entrance to the repeater/ antenna site at the north shoulder of the HighPoint.

Hike in just beyond the gate, turn left and bushwack uphill bearing southward. Eventually the terrain opens up and at three concrete footings (two steel bolts in each) are visible in the flat grassy area. The HighPoint is in the immediate vicinity.

Points of Interest Nearby (see also Washington County) -

County Tourism: 800-999-3613
Catoctin Mountain National Park
Monacacy National Battlefield
Cunningham Falls State Park
Gambrill State Park
Blue Blazes Whiskey Still: Catoctin Mountain Park
Catoctin Mountain Zoological Park: US 15, Thurmont

Historical/Cultural Areas (see also Washington County) -

Catoctin Furnace Historical District (1774): MD 806, south of Thurmont

US History in the County: R. B. Taney was appointed to the first U.S. Supreme Court as Chief Justice March 28, 1836.

Historical Notes: Frederick County was formed in 1748. It is uncertain whether it was named for Prince Frederick, son of George I or Frederick Calvert, 6th Lord Baltimore.

Camping -

Cunningham Falls State Park, 179 sites, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd., Thurmont, MD, 21788, 301-271-7574
Gambrill State Park, 35 sites, 8602 Gambrill State Park Rd, Frederick, MD 21702, 301-473-8360

Description of HighPoint: There are two rock outcrops around in the vicinity of the three concrete footings. One has low hanging trees over it. More accurate survey work will bee needed to pinpoint the HighPoint.