Directions to ThorpeWood from the DC/Baltimore Areas

12805 Mink Farm Road • Thurmont, Maryland 21788 • (301) 271-2823 (Cell service may be patchy in the mountains.)

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From the Washington Beltway, I-495: take I-270 North to Frederick

From the Baltimore Beltway, I-695: take I-70 West to Frederick


Directions from Frederick:

Exit onto Route 15 North towards Gettysburg and Thurmont (from Washington, I-270, this is not truly an exit; continue straight on I-270, which blends into 15 North). Thurmont is about 15 miles northwest of Frederick.

There are three Thurmont exits; take the second exit, for Route 77. The exit ramp is a very sharp curve and the deceleration lane is short, so take care here. At the stop sign turn RIGHT onto Route 77 West, towards Hagerstown and Smithsburg.

Stay on this windy, climbing road for approximately 2.9 miles, and just after Park Central Road on the right, turn LEFT onto Catoctin Hollow Road. At this point, you are entering Cunningham Falls State Park (William Houck Area) and you will see the lake on your right through the trees.

Continue on Catoctin Hollow Road approximately 2.8 miles, pass Wigville Road, and turn RIGHT onto Mink Farm Road.



Then CHOOSE ONE of the following destinations within the ThorpeWood property:

  • To access the Main Lodge at ThorpeWood:
    Continue on Mink Farm Road for 1.1 miles. While on Mink Farm Road, you will cross a small stream and then go up a steep hill, road will level out for a short distance, then there will be a slight uphill section and then the road will begin to descend. At the bottom of this short descent, the road crosses a stream and goes from paved to gravel. After traveling 200 feet on the gravel, you will see a lane on the left, marked by a carved wooden “ThorpeWood” sign.  Turn LEFT into this lane and in 150 feet when the driveway divides, stay to the RIGHT to get the Lodge.

  • To access the Homestead at ThorpeWood:
    Continue on Mink Farm Road for about .8 mile. The lane into the Homestead @ ThorpeWood is on the RIGHT, addressed 13002. The lane comes into view following a fairly long, mostly straight and flat portion of Mink Farm Road and just as you begin to ascend gradually and the road bends. Go down the lane until you pass a large barn with a silo on your right. Turn RIGHT at the silo and park with the front of your car toward the barn. The Homestead is the building to the left of the barn and down a short drive. Enter the Homestead from the side of the building.

  • To access Stoney Lick Farm at ThorpeWood:
    Continue on Mink Farm Road for about 1 mile. The lane into Stoney Lick Farm @ ThorpeWood is on the RIGHT, opposite a black mailbox on the left, addressed 12805-C. A low to the ground wooden sign, “Stoney Lick Farm @ ThorpeWood”, is on the right at the entrance to the farm lane. The lane comes into view following a fairly long, mostly straight and flat portion of Mink Farm Road and just as you begin to descend a bit.

    The stables, round pen, and riding track are to your right as you go back the lane, so turn RIGHT at your first opportunity. If you go straight, you end up in a large parking lot (which is also a fine place to park). Continue to the horse trailer and park in the lot where the trailer sits.