. . . headed for them thar hills. Dip into rural Maryland's not-so-distant moonshining past with a visit to Blue Blazes, a vintage whiskey still in Catoctin Mountain Park. The still you see today, which was seized by federal agents from the Great Smoky Mountains in the 1960s, is far smaller than the original Blue Blazes, which was busted up by the feds in July 1929. But the new Blue is still an accurate reminder of the area's roots in Appalachian culture. Run by the National Park Service, Catoctin also has 26 miles of hiking trails, an excellent trout stream and campsites. And also -- shhh -- the presidential retreat at Camp David. Which is, of course, off-limits to the public.
Check out the Blue Blazes whiskey still in Catoctin Mountain Park.
(Timothy Jacobsen For The Washington Post)
Catoctin Mountain Park.
Route 77, four miles west of Thurmont. Visitors center open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 301-663-9388 or go to www.nps.gov/cato.
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