Appalachian Trail from Dahlgren Camp to Bear Spring Cabin is a 9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Middletown, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.
Parking at the Old South Mountain Inn that has been in use for over 200 years and Presidents have visited, this inn is one of the oldest public houses along the AT. Following the white marked trail south, within a mile you will reach Dahlgren Backpacker's Campground. Water and restrooms are available here. Continuing south, you will begin to ascend towards White Rocks Overlook. The trail will cross Reno Monument Road / Lambs Knoll Road and continue on the white marked trail towards the right. Continue to ascend for nearly a total of four miles before reaching White Rocks Overlook. At this point, you can chose to lunch here and return by the same way you came to the parking lot. Optional loop to Bear Spring Cabin: This blue blazed trail descends into a small valley and ends at Bear Spring Cabin. With a fresh water spring supply close by, this remote and rustic cabin is available to rent through PATC. The return is a long descent with a short 2/10 of a mile steep and roughly graded trail to return to the White Rocks Overlook.