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Catoctin Mountain and Frederick County + ADD NEW ROUTE


5   in Maryland Maryland64 Miles

By gjjmss
on April 1, 2009

4.0out of 5

6 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

From Libertytown, MD take route 550 north west up to Sabillasville, MD. Continue on 550 as it turns a corner and starts heading southwest and then joins up and merges with route 491 south. Take 491 southwest down to Smithsburg, MD. Next take a left on to route 77 and head southeast thru Thurmont and on to Detour. Continue as route 77 becomes Middleburg Road and pass through Feeserburg and then take a right on to Union Bridge Road and head south. Take a right on to Main Street in Union Bridge, MD and continue as Main Street turns into route 75 and just stay on 75 as it takes you into Libertytown, MD.

Scenery

Very beautiful scenery with many stretches in nice cool woodlands. You can also find several covered bridges just off the main route. Carroll County, MD is one of the prettier farm counties in the State of Maryland. Thurmont, MD is near Camp David and Catoctin Mountain Park (CMP). CMP as many trails and fishing. Route 550 is a very pretty road with several fruit stands. Thurmont also has several good country stylerestaurants.

Road Quality

There are twists, turns and good straight-aways on this route. The roads are all asphalt which are fairly well maintained.

Roadside Amenities

Several goodrestaurantsand fruit stands are available. AroundHalloween, one farmer near Creagerstown, has a Pumpkin Cannon. It works with compressed air and can fire a small pumpkin 100 yards or so.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By Guest
on June 30, 2010 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Standard

I drove part of this in my Saab while in town for a wedding, up in CMP. Catoctin Hollow Road is probably the best road I have ever driven on. It's off of 77. I was sawing up and down the gears the whole time, turbo whistling all the way. I wish I had my bike there.

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By Guest
on February 21, 2010 3 out of 6 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

It is a nice ride

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By khafid
on January 14, 2017 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2016

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

77 has gotten bad with road quality over the past year, but if you take the upper loop (450 to 550?) It's beautiful with amazing scenery with farms and little towns

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By El Jodido
on November 3, 2013 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Beautiful ride. Take a side trip to Westminster, Maryland. Great country restaurants there, along with good farm stands.

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By Dangit1
on November 9, 2016 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

Add in Penn-Mar Rd at the end of 550, about 10 minutes further and go to High Rock...awesome views of the valley.

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By Moonspell69
on March 23, 2014 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

I really like this ride...

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