Appalachian Trail MD - PenMar to ENS Cowell

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Appalachian Trail MD - PenMar to ENS Cowell is a 9.4 mile point-to-point trail located near Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 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.

9.4 miles 2027 feet Point to Point

dog friendly


The Mason Dixon Line, Highest AT Peak in MD, Steepest At Grade in MD! This is part 1 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. This hike begins just north of the Mason Dixon line. Shortly after passing the Mason Dixon line you enter Pen Mar Park, once an amusement stop along the Western Maryland Railroad. Portions of the trail follow old rail grades here. Almost immediately you begin the ascent of Quirack Mountain, reaching the highest point of the AT through Maryland. The trail is sometimes rocky and slow going, but most of the way is well cleared and smooth. This section also boast the steepest grade of the AT in Maryland and you will be going UP, but it is fortunately for just a short distance. A nice spring/stream serves Ensign Cowell shelter, which you can make your first night's destination, or push on just 2/10 of a mile to Wolfsvill Road, where there is room to park a second car if day hiking.

7 months ago

Troop 37 went on this hike and we had a great time the hike was great walk and a good over night

8 months ago

Probably the most technical section of the AT through MD. Lots of rocks about a mile and a half out from Pen Mar.

9 months ago

10 months ago