Thurmont, MD Visitor Guide

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Thurmont MARYLAND Visitors Guide
Gateway to the Mountains

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Dear Visitors,

Hello, and welcome to Thurmont, Maryland also known as “Gateway To The Mountains”. Thurmont is located in Northern Frederick County where the beautiful Catoctin Mountains serve as a picturesque backdrop with panoramic views from several hiking trails. In addition to our mountains you will find rolling hills of scenic views and a countryside landscape rich with family farms that have been cultivated for generations.

While visiting Thurmont, you will definitely want to explore our state and national parks along with our Thurmont Trolley Trail on historic Main Street. On the pages ahead you will discover a variety of trails that showcase hiking, cycling, art, orchards, wine, craft beverages, covered bridges, attractions, cuisine, exotic animals, and yes, even a wedding trail!

We are confident that we have an exciting trail for everyone of all ages to experience and enjoy. In addition to all the great trails in Thurmont, we are also located in the Heart of The Civil War Heritage Area, and along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Highway.

Thurmont is conveniently located one hour from D.C. and Baltimore, and fifteen minutes south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Happy Trails!

P.S. We’ve been social distancing for decades…

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GETAWAY to the

Fun Facts about THURMONT

Thurmont was originally called Mechanicstown. The Western Maryland Railway asked that the name be changed because of similar names on their route. In 1896 the name was changed to Thurmont, although that was not the first choice. The townspeople wanted Blue Ridge Mountain City, but the WMRW said that was too long.

Thurmont is home to the Presidential Retreat Camp David and was originally named “Shangri-La” by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942 after a place in the James Hilton novel, The Lost Horizon. The name was changed in 1953 by President Eisenhower from Shangri-La to Camp David in honor of his grandson.

Thurmont is the birthplace of Admiral Russell Randolph Waesche, Sr., born on January 6, 1886. He served as the eighth Commandant of the United States Coast Guard from 1936 to 1946. Adm. Waesche oversaw the Coast Guard during World War II. He had ten years of service as the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant. He held the post longer than any other Commandant.

Thurmont resident Jacob Weller produced the first self striking matches in the U.S. in the 1820s. His Lucifer Matches were manufactured at his blacksmith shop on West Main Street and although selfstriking matches would become extremely popular, Jacob never patented his product. He died virtually penniless in 1831.

With the arrival of the rail service in 1870, Mechanicstown (Thurmont) saw a growth in business and prosperity. Thurmont became a destination town for rail travelers from Baltimore looking to escape the city heat. At least a dozen hotels and guest houses sprang up to accommodate this demand. Several of the original buildings still stand and serve today as apartments or family homes.

One of the first mechanical railroad crossing signals was invented and patented in 1896 by Thurmont resident Mr. Richard O’Toole. His American Electric Magnetic Crossing Signal for protecting highway crossings of railroads enjoyed a short period of success. After his involvement with the crossing signals he returned to Thurmont and became an accomplished photographer.

Thurmont was the destination for the final run of one of the last interurban trolley systems on the East coast. On February 20, 1954 two trolley cars of the Hagerstown & Frederick Railroad headed from Frederick to Thurmont. After a short ceremony at the Western Maryland Railway junction, the two cars headed back to Frederick ending a half century of cheap and reliable transportation between Thurmont and Frederick.

Visitor Center: Start your adventure at the Visitor Center for an introduction to the Park and the many ways to explore it. Take a step back in time and enjoy new interpretive exhibits covering the rich history of the park, including the people and events that shaped it into a national park and a modern-day refuge for relaxation, recreation, and reconnection to nature. American Indians, farmers, iron makers, the WPA, CCC, Jobs Corps and so many others played a role in making Catoctin Mountain Park the special place it is today.

Hiking: The Park maintains 25 miles of hiking trails with difficulty ratings between easy for the beginner, and strenuous for the most experienced hiker.

Camping: Individual, family, and small-group camping for tents and small RVs located in Owens Creek Campground. (There are no hook-ups.)

Camp Misty Mount is a cabin rental facility for individuals, families, or small groups. The historic stone and wood cabins were built in 1936 as part of a federal Great Depression-era jobs plan to build recreational camps. Each cabin has a fire pit and grill, and a swimming pool is available for all guests from June through August.

Picnicking: Catoctin Mountain Park offers many places for individuals to sit down and enjoy a meal under the forest canopy. Parking area at the Visitor Center, Thurmont Vista, and Hog Rock offer picnic tables for folks to enjoy a home brought snack. No grills or ground fires are allowed at these sites. Grills are available at the Chestnut Picnic Area and the Owens Creek Picnic Area.

While you may unplug from the world while visiting, you can also plug-in at one of the park’s EV charging stations!

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14707 Park Central Road Open daily from dawn until dusk Take the trail less traveled
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14274 William Houck Drive





6709 Cunningham Falls Park Road

Camping & Cabins


Fishing & Hunting

Cunningham Falls State Park is home to the highest cascading waterfall in the state of Maryland. You will not want to miss this iconic waterfall which also includes a handicap accessible entrance.

The Park offers a trail system to fit all hiking abilities. The trail terrains vary from short, flat hikes to steep and rocky ascents that will challenge even the experienced hiker. You will explore seven hiking trails in the William Houck area and four trails in The Manor Area.

The picturesque lake in the William Houck Area is surrounded by sand just like at the ocean that is at the foothills of the beautiful Catoctin Mountain! Swimming is permitted Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend in three designated areas of Hunting Creek Lake.

Visit the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace. The Furnace was a site for iron-making for 127 years from 1776 to 1903. This landmark on the National Historic Register is a place where visitors can step back in time.



21 Frederick Road

Open daily from dawn until dusk

Basketball Fitness Trail



Tennis Playgrounds

The Thurmont Community Park is the site of many large events throughout the year including Colorfest, Halloween in the Park, Main Street Farmers Market, the “Day in the Park” summer park program, and movie nights. Community Park is perfect for lots of activities including simply relaxing to enjoy nature by listening to the rippling of water from nearby Hunting Creek. Want to stretch your legs along your journey? Stop by and walk the paved fitness trail complete with exercise stations for all levels. Grab some takeout from one of our local restaurants and enjoy your lunch on one of the many picnic tables. Want to grill some hot dogs? Pull up to one of the many grills, fire it up, and grill your favorite picnic food. Planning a family reunion? Community Park has three beautiful pavilions to rent for an event. Contact the town of Thurmont to rent a pavilion at 301-271-7313.


800 East Main Street

Open daily from dawn until dusk

Dog Park Playgrounds Ball Fields

The East End Park Inclusive Playground is one of the first all-inclusive playgrounds in the area. The facility, constructed in 2018, provides opportunities for children of all abilities to play together. The playground is designed to address the needs of children with limited physical abilities, children on the autism spectrum, and children with sight impairments. This wonderful playground is truly built for everyone!

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East Main Street and East Moser Road

Open daily from dawn until 10pm

Walking Jogging


Nature Watching

A Piece of The Past Preserved for The Future

You can’t visit Thurmont without taking a stroll on the Trolley Trail!

The Trolley Trail is built on an old trolley line that served Thurmont in the 1900’s. The trolley to Thurmont was the last to run and continued freight service until April 26, 1961. A local group was formed in the mid 1990’s to build a multi-use trail on the old line. In 2006, the Thurmont Lions Club refurbished and extended the trail. Recently, the H&F Trolley Trail Association (HFTTA) connected the trail to the library’s Nature Trail to create the “Library Loop”, extending the path to over 1 mile. The HFTTA organization has plans to continue extending the line in the coming years.

The trail starts on East Main Street at “Old #5”, a freight car that was restored and placed on display next to the old powerhouse that provided electric to the trolley line. The powerhouse features murals memorializing the town’s history. The trail passes Thurmont’s Memorial Park and meanders along until crossing Big Hunting Creek, a wild brown trout stream. The trail then crosses Moser Road to the “Library Loop”, a beautiful, wooded path that passes by the Thurmont Regional Library. Just past the library the trail turns into a boardwalk taking you out to Thurmont Blvd and the main trail.

Take a walk, run, or bike ride on the trail and enjoy this beautiful amenity while you’re in town.



Grab your binoculars and backpack and head to Thurmont for some serious bird watching!

Flutter down the birdy trail

Are you a bird watcher and enjoy documenting different species of birds?

If the answer is YES, then you will want to take a trip to our state and federal park.

The National Park Service states, “Over 200 species are thought to occur in the park during different times of year, including the wild turkey, which started to reoccupy its old habitat in the 1960’s.” The National Park Service attributes hardwood forest and stream environment as an excellent habitat for many species of birds. For the serious bird-watchers, has documented sightings of 130 species of birds in the Catoctin Mountains including the Baltimore Oriole and the majestic bald eagle.

A study by The Maryland Ornithological Society reports that these two parks have breeding populations of Hooded, and Kentucky Warbler, American Redstart, Yellow-throated Vireo, and Baltimore Oriole. Most regularly seen is the woodpecker species and small woodland birds. The bald eagle can be spotted quite often in the Catoctin Mountains too!

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Baltimore Oriole in the Catoctin Mountains Red-bellied Woodpecker in the Catoctin Mountains
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Hit the Road

Thurmont has been a cycling haven for decades!

Come explore our countryside roads that offer both flat terrain and rolling hills with an abundance of scenic views along the way. Cycling enthusiasts won’t want to miss our covered bridge bike trails! Three bridges to discover while exploring the roads less traveled:

One bridge tour - 17 miles

Two bridge tour - 16 miles

Three bridge tour - 21 miles

Need a repair? You will find two bike fix-it stations along your journey. One is located at Community Park, 21 Frederick Road, and the second one is located at 123 East Main Street beside the Trolley car and Murals on Main.

For more information on our bridge tour cycling routes just go to and download the “Tour Thurmont” brochure.


Thurmont is also home to the Civil War Century Ride sponsored each year by the Baltimore Bicycling Club. The Civil War Century Ride attracts over 1,600 cyclists every September to enjoy famous historical sites and breathtaking scenery. The Civil War Century Ride is an event that includes five unique routes that are designed for different ability levels. It begins with the Covered Bridge Quarter Century at 25 miles and ends with the highest ability level featuring the iconic Civil War Century at 102 miles.


Did you know that Thurmont is home to 3 of only 6 remaining covered bridges in Maryland?


This original truss bridge is located on Old Frederick Road, south of MD 77, east of Thurmont. It is a barn-red, one-lane coveredbridge that spans Owens Creek. The bridge’s design utilizes multiple king post trusses covered with clapboard. It was rebuilt after an arsonist’s fire nearly destroyed it in 1991. The bridge is 90 feet in length and 12.2 feet high.

Loy’s Station Park is adjacent to the covered bridge. Park amenities include fishing, grills, picnic tables, picnic shelter, horseshoe pits and play equipment. Park open year-round 8am - sunset.



This single-span bridge over Owens Creek is found just east of US 15 where Roddy Creek Road intersects with Roddy Road. The smallest of the county’s covered bridges, it features a King Post design and measures 40 feet in length. Relax with a picnic, go fishing or explore the natural beauty at this park and bridge. Park open 8am - sunset.

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This bridge is located on Utica Road off of Old Frederick Road over Fishing Creek. The bridge originally spanned the nearby Monocacy River but was washed away during a storm in 1889. Local citizens gathered the remains and reconstructed the 101-foot long Burr arch truss bridge at its present location crossing Fishing Creek.


ORCHARDS & Bike the bridge trail



10 am - 6 pm

(Sundays until 5pm)

14343 Stottlemyer Road

Smithsburg, MD 21783


Discover our wine trail that features three unique vineyards! Enjoy their award-winning wines, hospitality, and scenic views.


15010 Roddy Road

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard invites you to spend your day and relax while enjoying hand-crafted wines and breathtaking views, all in a setting that intentionally offers a quaint and intimate experience year-round!

From summer until late autumn, you can expect to find regular food truck service on the weekends as well as live music. During colder months, you can reserve fire-pits for two-hour time slots to keep your focus on the wine, and not the fact that you did not bring a blanket (no groups larger than six)! The warmly appointed tasting room is a cozy getaway year-round as well, equipped with a fireplace for when the weather takes a turn for the frigid! Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Located at the base of the Catoctin Mountains, you will have a unique opportunity to spend your day underneath the string lights gazing at nature’s bounty as the clouds float across the trees at the top of the ridgeline. All with a glass of award-winning wine in your hand.

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Fresh Produce Beef & Hay Follow the cork trail
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8830 Old Links Bridge Road

At Links Bridge Vineyards, their goal is to combine meticulous viticulture and skillful winemaking to create the best wines that can be made from grapes grown here on their farm in Thurmont. Links Bridge Vineyards hope is that with a little luck, the wines we produce will always be good, often very good, and sometimes even great. Links Bridge Vineyards is tucked away on the right bank of the Monocacy River, and just 20 minutes north of historic downtown Frederick, Maryland and 10 minutes from Main Street Thurmont.

Wine Tastings

Links Bridge Vineyards would like you to try the wines on their tasting menu in a friendly, “sit down and compare them to one another” way. Links Bridge Vineyards are happy to talk about the wines you’re tasting and how they were grown and made.

For outdoor seating, no reservation is needed for parties of six or fewer. For larger parties, or if you prefer indoor seating, call in advance to check availability or make a reservation.



11836 Auburn Road

Maryland’s Only Winery, Distillery & Brewery

The Venue

The renovated barn offers a hip and historic vibe. Outdoor patio seating, indoor tasting bars, and event space host live music and popular events. A small plate food menu is always available.

The Winery

Ten award winning varietals and blends are produced on-site. Tastings, glass and bottle sales, as well as Sangria and seasonal frozen Sangria are available for purchase.

The Distillery

Fun Fact:

Thurmont is known as “Gateway to the Mountains” and is also poised in the center of the Catoctin AVA (American Vineyard Area), one of only three regions in Maryland designated for the growth of wine grapes.

Licensed in 2011 - Farm to Bottle - Producing Maryland’s Award-Winning Fine Spirits. Rye Whiskey, Bourbon, Rum, Vodka, Grappa, Brandy and World Class Lavender Gin. Tours, tastings, cocktail samples and sales!

The Brewery

11 craft beers on tap and produced right on the farm. Our craft beers include IPA’s, Ales, Porters, Sours and Seasonal Specials. The 7BBL Brewhaus, the finest ingredients and craft inspirations, produce praise worthy brews.

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15036 North Franklinville Road

Farm Market

Fruits & Vegetables


Flowers & Plants


Since 1961, the Black family has been a proud steward of the gentle, rolling, fertile land of the Catoctin Mountains. They continuously deliver high quality, safe, and nutritious food products.


14343 Stottlemyer Road

Farm Market

Fruits & Vegetables

Meats & Baked Items


13841B Pryor Road

Farm Market

Fruits & Vegetables


Did you know that we consider Thurmont as the capital to home-grown goodness in the state of Maryland? 15036

Catoctin Mountain Orchard grows and sells high quality fruits, berries & vegetables in season. Fresh baked pies, jams & preserves, apple cider and apple cider donuts.

3 generation family operation since 1905. The market still exists in the original barn built in 1940.

A 6th generation family farm that produces fresh market vegetables, meats and bakery items.


16225 Sabillasville Road

Farm Market

Fruits & Vegetables

Baked Items

Scenic View Orchards began their operation in the mid 1800’s. The farm has remained family owned and operated for the past seven generations.

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Meet me onMain

Thurmont is one of the State of Maryland’s thirty-three prestigious designated Main Street Communities, and is also a Nationally Accredited Main Street under the National Trust for Historic Preservation. After a few years of an application process spearheaded by volunteers and a collaboration with town government, Thurmont earned the honor of a designated “Maryland Main Street Community” in 2005. The application process at that time included recognizing the need for historic preservation for the buildings in the Main Street area, planning and launching several success events, and an avenue for economic development by working with property owners to fill empty store fronts with services and retail.

Thurmont Main Street is unique because it is not only filled with great businesses, but is also an entrance to the Thurmont Trolley Trail that will take you to the Thurmont Regional Library and points beyond while enjoying nature and wildlife along the trail. Located across the street from the Trolley Trail you will find one of Frederick County’s largest public art displays, “Murals on Main”. These murals depict many of the attractions, events, and natural resources found in Thurmont.

The Main Street area has a very active façade grant program that assists commercial property owners for expenses to maintain the beauty of these historic buildings. Over the last several years Main Street has been renovated with a complete streetscape project along with new lamp posts that adorn the designated Main Street Area. We strive to keep our Main Street area aesthetically pleasing for all who visit, live, or work in Thurmont.

We hope you enjoy a walk along our charming Main Street and enjoy a bite of local cuisine along the way. Main Street is the heart of Thurmont, and every community no matter where you live!

Art Follow the color trail Mainon


11 Water Street

At the Main Street Center you will find fifteen talented local artists and artisans along with locally made products.

The Center is situated in a historic building dating back to 1885. The building served as a Moravian Church, followed by a feed store with a dairy operation in the basement, and later in time, the building served as the Thurmont Public Library.


East Main Street

Murals on Main represent a community project for the Thurmont Lions Club Annual “Make a Difference Day” that began in 2013. The project began with just a few murals on an empty building that once served as the sub-station for the Thurmont Trolley Car transportation system. The vision for additional murals kept growing, and in 2020 the building was completed with additional murals by local artist “Yemi”. These iconic murals depict Thurmont days gone by as well as modern day Thurmont and all the beauty, culture, and natural resources Thurmont has to offer.

This origination of the Thurmont Lions Club project quickly became a collaboration with the Town of Thurmont, the State of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Maryland State Arts Council along with many partners and private donors for this awe-inspiring public art display.

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5- 8pm sept 9 5- 8pm

Spend an evening strolling Main Street and meeting local artists, sampling wine from local vineyards, and enjoying musical entertainment throughout the evening. Check our website for upcoming dates.


Join us every fall as we take the easels outside for a friendly competition with artists to paint some of Thurmont’s most iconic scenery!

Check our website for upcoming dates.


Myron Barnstone’s Gallery & Art Education:

The Barnstone Method

202 A East Main Street

Thurmont, MD 21788


Gallery Open by Appointment

Art Education Available Online



Thurmont is home to a variety of great community events and attractions all year long!

We have a trail for everyone


THURMONT ANNUAL Fun for the whole family!

Thurmont Ambulance Company

Every Year the Week of Memorial Day

Thurmont Event Complex, 13716 Strafford Drive

For information visit

Guardian Hose Company

Every Year in June

Thurmont Carnival Grounds, 123 East Main Street For dates and information visit


" W a l k a b o u t W e d n e s d a y s "

" W a l k a b o u t W e d n e s d a y s "

2nd and 4th Wed. 9 - 11 AM

Different Location Each Outing

Enjoy a morning of photography sharing tips, perspective, and being outdoors !

Held the second full weekend, every October

Not just an event, but an experience!

Catoctin Colorfest was established in 1963 in Thurmont Community Park and still remains the heart of the festival. Colorfest has evolved into one of the largest outdoor craft shows on the east coast showcasing amazing crafts, art, jewelry, clothing, and a variety of delicious food. FREE!

Sign up: Missy Grimes

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You will find all those treasures and goodies spread-out through the town and located at the American Legion grounds, the Guardian Hose Co. Carnival Grounds, Thurmont Community Park, and Criswell Chevrolet. Come and see why over 100,000 people flock to Colorfest the second full weekend every October.

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Art onMain
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Thurmont Main Street FARMERS MARKET

Held every Saturday, June - September Community Park

We’ve been bringing local freshness to Main Street since 2003.


Springfield Manor 11836 Auburn Road

Whether you are camping, cycling, hiking, or just passing through on your travels, you will not want to miss our Main Street Farmers Market! Here you will find a large variety of fresh produce, fruit, locally grown beef, eggs, cheese, butter, home baked goods, sauces, rubs, jelly, and much more. The market is full of appetizing treats and food that tastes like it should ... FRESH! Since it is located in the Community Park at 21 Frederick Road, you can take a relaxing walk around our paved fitness trail after visiting all of our great vendors. The market is held every Saturday from 9am - Noon, June through September. (Dogs welcome, but must be leashed.)



12610 Catoctin Furnace Road

Visit Maryland’s Largest Lavender Field!

2600 plants of both French and English varieties produce a gardener’s masterpiece. Peak bloom is mid-June and a second bloom occurs in September. Blossoms are harvested at peak bloom to produce the international award-winning double gold Lavender Gin & Vodka. Visit the festival to walk the fields, capture amazing photos, enjoy educational demos and seminars, shop local vendors, and sample specialty foods! Advance tickets are required as event sells out.

Museum of the Ironworker, African American Cemetery Interpretive Trail, Collier’s Log House, Forgeman’s House, Carty-Miller House, Isabella Iron Furnace: Catoctin Furnace illustrates the lifeways of hard-working laborers who produced the iron ore and finished products used throughout the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Explore early 19th century historic buildings, see forensic facial reconstructions of enslaved workers, marvel at beautiful Catoctin Furnace cast iron stoves, and learn about the African American and European American families who lived in the village and worked at the furnace and related industries. Trail and ruins open daily, dawn to dusk. Museum open every weekend or by appointment. Guided tours available. Seasonal events with free children’s activities. 240-288-7396.


13019 Catoctin Furnace Road

Amazing experiences and 1,000 exciting new exotic animal friends await you in this 50-acre park!  Catoctin Wildlife Preserve welcomes you with natural ponds, lush landscaping, and wandering Ambass-zoo-dors, eager to indulge inquisitive guests. Get curious about everything from bears to boas, macaws to monkeys, panthers to pythons, and alligators to zebra. Don’t forget to climb aboard the narrated, ride-through Safari Truck! Your one-hour adventure ride showcases exotic animals from six continents as you rumble through twenty-five wooded acres and four different paddocks. They’re all there for the fun, feeding and photographing! Safari tickets are an additional fee.

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13001 Creagerstown Road

FallComing 2022

Come spend a day on a beautiful 247-acre, familyowned farm with something for everyone. Magnolia Meadow Farms is home to Maryland’s largest corn maze and over 20 fun activities for all ages. Pick-your-own sunflowers, cut flowers, and pumpkins from a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. You will also find delicious hot and cold food to satisfy your cravings. Don’t forget to stop at the Farm Market to shop for local products. A great place for birthday parties, family occasions, and company outings.


13610 Moser Road

This course features an 18-hole 72 par golf course. The course shifts from open layouts with sloped greens to tighter wooded fairways with larger greens that offer a fun and diverse challenge. Maple Run Golf offers a variety of amenities for golfers at every level.

Come enjoy one of the best golfing experiences Maryland has to offer at Maple Run.


800 East Main Street

The Thurmont Skatepark, located in East End Park, meets the definition of a true community project. The Thurmont Skatepark Committee, a group of local students and young adults partnered with the Town of Thurmont to design, fund, and build the 4,000 square foot park. Thanks to generous community donations, along with a Maryland Program Open Space grant, the skatepark opened in November 2021, a mere 8 months after the project was first presented to the town’s elected officials. The parks offers activities and obstacles for all skaters, beginners to advanced.

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11 North Church Street

The Thurmont Historical Society promotes an interest in the history of Thurmont. We collect and display photographs, artifacts, and documents that tell stories about the town’s past. Our principal asset is a historic house-museum called the Creeger House at 11 North Church Street. The museum features a research library filled with books on genealogy, Western Maryland, the Civil War, and other aspects of Thurmont history.

Public hours are most Sundays between 11am and 3pm, but also by appointment; email to


76 East Moser Road


Hike the Thurmont Trolley Trail to the Library Loop, and find yourself at Thurmont Regional Library. This library is often named the most beautiful library in Maryland. Discover a family Story Path along the Nature Trail adjacent to the library—you may just spot an owl or deer napping in the woods. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the covered deck, check your email on one of the computers or free public Wi-Fi, or bask in the lovely architecture while reading the latest bestseller— you’re always welcome at the library! For more information, visit


These wedding venues will not only capture all of the beauty in your wedding photos, but they will also deliver a seamless experience for your perfect day.

Thurmont has become a popular wedding destination over the years not only because of the picturesque surroundings, but also because of the elegant and rustic venues available to hold the perfect reception and ceremony.


13702 Graceham Road

This stunning 108-acre estate located in Frederick County is a picturesque location for weddings and private events. The rustic, country barn has been carefully restored with wood floors, beaming, and soft light and can comfortably fit 150 guests.

The beautiful grounds are nestled at the base of the Catoctin Mountains and surrounded by farmland, making it the perfect backdrop for memorable photos that will last a lifetime.

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The ThorpeWood lodge and grounds are located 1500 feet up in the Catoctin Mountains and is richly endowed with 165 acres, nestled within more than 18,000 acres of public parks and private preserves.

All events at ThorpeWood are booked and managed by Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood, LLC, owned by Julie Castleman and Lexi Hartner. Both Julie and Lexi enjoy shepherding brides and grooms, making arrangements for corporate groups and assisting with details of many other types of events held at ThorpeWood. Together they have successfully guided more than 800 couples through one of the most important moments in their lives—making their dreams a reality at ThorpeWood.


A 100 acre country estate setting that will be remembered by you and your guests for years. Spacious and picturesque bridal lounge, cigar lounge and overnight suites are perfect to capture all the pre-wedding moments. An experienced caterer designs menus to suit your palate and budget and a professional staff ensures a flawless event. The sophisticated barn and romantic rustic barn offer large dance floors, climate control, and flow onto large outdoor terraces with gorgeous mountain views. Indoor event seating for 300 guests. Voted Frederick’s best !


A venue that is one of Frederick County’s largest and newest wedding destinations. The Thurmont Event Complex accommodates the smallest of ceremonies to largest of ceremonies and receptions. This spacious wedding ballroom can accommodate up to 850 guests. Gorgeous chandeliers hang to create a romantic ambience for your special day along with many options for seating and dancing.

32 EVENT COMPLEX SEE OUR FULL EVENT SCHEDULE 13716 Strafford Drive • Thurmont, Maryland Wedding DESTINATION
MEMORIES at ThorpeWood 12805-A Mink Farm Road
T h u r m o n t L i o n s C l u b Serving our community for over 90 years for more information please visit JJOIN OIN TTHE HE CCLUB! LUB! Make a difference! Wedding DESTINATION
MANOR 11836 Auburn Road
13716 Strafford Drive
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34 35 Dining LODGING & Locally Owned Bollinger’s Family Restaurant 210 N. Church Street • 301.271.3500 Fratelli’s 140 Frederick Road • 301.271.0272 Furnace Grill & Crabhouse 12841 Catoctin Furnace Road • 240.288.8942 Los Amigos 205 Frederick Road • 301.271.8888 Mountain Gate Family Restaurant 133 Frederick Road • 301.271.4373 New Win Hing 211 Tippin Drive • 301.271.3688 Peking Palace 224 N. Church Street, Ste. D • 301.271.7280 Rocky’s Pizza 209 Tippin Drive • 301.271.7181 Simply Asia 120 Frederick Road • 301.271.2857 The Farmhouse Exchange 14802 North Franklinville Road • 301-271-2322 Thurmont Bar & Grill 10 E. Main Street • 301.271.7422 Thurmont Kountry Kitchen 17 Water Street • 301.271.4071 Chains Burger King 427 N. Church Street • 301.271.1041 Dunkin’ Donuts 130 Frederick Road • 240.288.8746 McDonalds 200 Frederick Road • 301.271.3003 Roy Rogers 203 Frederick Road • 301.271.3252 Subway 224 N. Church Street, Ste. K • 301.271.4239 Taco Bell / KFC 1 Thurmont Boulevard • 301.271.5067 210 North Church Street 301.271.3500 Celebrating over 60 years of serving fresh, homemade meals Serving BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER Award WinningSlow-Cooked BBQ & Brisket smoked on site H LARGE VARIETY OF SAUCED & FLAVORED WINGS H HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCES H BEER, WINE & LIQUOR Getaway to the Gateway

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OLE MINK FARM Recreation Resort

12086 Mink Farm Road

In the Catoctin Mountains, Ole Mink Farm Recreation Resort offers Luxury Log Cabins, Camping Cabins and Seasonal Campsites. Minutes from 2 local State/National Parks, skiing, antique and outlet shopping as well as Thurmont Main Street, Gettysburg and Frederick. Perfect for a day trip to Washington DC or Baltimore!

Luxury Log Cabins feature fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, private bathrooms/bedrooms - all the comforts of home! Seasonal Campsites offer vacation getaways with on-site winter storage. Amenities include swimming pool, hiking trails, game room, fishing pond, pet playground, bathhouse, gift shop and family-fun summer weekend activities. Make lasting memories, one campfire at a time!

THE INN at Springfield Manor

11836 Auburn Road

The Inn at Springfield Manor is the perfect romantic getaway, weekend excursion, or outdoor adventure. Enjoy the intimate charm and awesome grandeur of a large country estate. Springfield Manor offers guests eight sumptuous suites in a country estate setting. Wander in the lavender field or the vineyard, explore the mountains and trails, enjoy star gazing by a romantic fire pit. Just minutes from Main Street Thurmont, state and a national park, hiking, and cycling.

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38 Voted Frederick’s Best Wedding Venue VISIT MARYLAND’S ONLY WINERY, DISTILLERY & BREWERY Live Music - Food - Special Events - Accommodations Weddings & Event Venue for 300 Seated Guests WWW.SPRINGFIELDMANOR.COM Getaway to the Gateway
Stop By and See For Yourself 301.271.2728 • 30 Elm St., Thurmont, MD 21788 Sto r e Ho u r s: T h u 8 a m - 7 p m, Fr i 8 a m - 3 p m, a n d Sat 8 a m - 1 2 p m We a c c ep t V i s a , Ma s t e r c a r d a n d C a s h fo r p ay m e n t . Visit our website for Weekly Specials & Pre-Order Today! esh & Smoked Turkey Fresh & Smoked Chicken Cheese • Lunch Meat Snack Stix Prepared Foods G e t P e r k y , E a t M o r e T u r k e y (Salads, Soups, Pot-Pie, BBQ and much more!) Four Generations Of A Local Family Farm oudly Serving our mmunity since 1939
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