Appalachian Trail to Turners Gap Trail

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Appalachian Trail to Turners Gap Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Myersville, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.2 miles 1686 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




rock climbing

trail running




wild flowers



About 2.2 miles in (39.55926 N, 77.59532 W) a blue blazed trail will diverge from the A.T., heading east for just a short (<.2 miles) distance to Annapolis Rock, where you will experience some breathtaking views and great opportunities for rock scrambling with the kids!

2 months ago

Agree with the last comment here. This trail description is about the portion of AT south of I-70/Route 40, not north (not going to Annapolis Rock).

4 months ago

Easy to find although parking is tight. Great steady trail with an incline out and gravity doing you favors on the way back. My 9 year old enjoyed it. The rocks feature great views from multiple vantage points. The "waterfall" reference is misleading. Spring from rocks that trickles across the ground. Nice and cool and lovely but falling, not so much...

5 months ago

1 year ago

The description for this trail is a little confusing - If you go south from the parking area along Alt 40 (near Interstate 70) you will end up at Turners Gap. If you go north, you will be heading to Annapolis Rocks. (There is another trail in AllTrails for Annapolis Rocks). Get to the parking lot early since this is a very popular trail and the parking area fills up fast. Along the hike you will come across the Washington Monument (supposedly the first monument erected in honor of George Washington). And at Turners Gap, you will see Dahlgren Chapel - a cute little stone church. If you go an additional mile you will come to Fox Gap where a civil war battle took place. There are some signs explaining the fight and two monuments for the two generals (one from each side) who died during the engagement. This is a fairly easy hike with some interesting things to see along the way.

1 year ago

one of the easiest trails I know and its a great view if you choose to go to Annapolis rocks

1 year ago

Some decent views but relatively flat after initial climb. There's better hikes in the area if you're driving from far out.

1 year ago

I've taken this trail many times, usually to Annapolis Rocks and back. It's a little rocky and steep for the first 20 minutes or so but then things level off and it becomes a very nice hike to an amazing view! Definitely recommended.

3 years ago

Very pretty but really rocky. If you are a beginner, this trail will certainly challenge you.

3 years ago

This is a very popular hike. Start early. Parking lot on US 40 fills quickly in the mornings. Great views from Annapolis Rocks and Black Rock.

4 years ago

beautiful views and a pretty easy trail for most.

i did this in conjunction with the trail to the washington monunemt in boonsboro.

the annapolis rock hike is a 2.2 [4.4 out and back] trail. slight incline after the trail veers off from 70. views from the rocks are beautiful.

retraced trail then took the washington monument trail to boonsboro. like the annapolis trail, the trail to the washington monument is pretty easy and moderate inclines here.

with both trails, had some parts where i was the lone hiker but many where familys, kids and dogs were on the trail.

5 years ago

Me and a friend hiked this section of the AT last Sunday, 01.01.2012. It started out a bit chilly an windy mid am, at the parking lot but quickly brightened up. We soon needed to remove two layers to keep from over heating. We had a beautiful hike to Annapolis Rocks. Just as we finished eating and headed out to Black Rocks it started to pour! Regretfully we turned back heading back to 40/70 parking. Overall we completely enjoyed our day out and will soon return to our favorite trail!