Appalachian Trail MD - ENS Cowell to Dahlgrens is a 13.8 mile point-to-point trail located near Waynesboro, PA and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Undulating trails, rocky overlooks, and the original Washington Monument. This is part 2 of 4 hikes that could be done as individual day hikes or strung together for a 4 day backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail to complete the state of Maryland. There are spots requiring careful footing across rocky terrain, but this section is largely smooth and enjoyable. You will enjoy some splendid walks through long stretches of forest along the ridge of South Mountain, leading to spectacular views from Black Rocks and Annapolis Rocks. After descending from the rock vistas and crossing I-70, you will begin the gentle climb up to Washington Monument, the first monument to the first president, built in 1827. Spend time here learning about some war history and visiting the museum. Descending again, the trail is gentle for the last couple of miles where you pass an interesting Gothic Chapel and Stone Mountain Inn, a 200 year old inn, visited by many presidents. This will end your day hike or pitch a tent at nearby Dahlgren's campground.