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Great trail! Shortening the hike to just the falls for lunch and back is perfect for my 3 boys who don't love hiking as much as I do, but the full hike is a treat for mycologists. So many different types of mushrooms right on the trail! There are also 2 (maybe 3) paw paw groves that overhang the trail, so if you are a forager or just want to try paw paw for the first time, it's a great time for it.

Nice quick day hike, the Stone Fort portion is significantly less crowded than the Overlook trail. Pretty wooded scenery all around, and a decent uphill climb to get to the ridge. There are several historical stops along the way. Bring plenty of water/electrolytes if it's warm. Near the stone fort and the armory the trail does get overgrown with vegetation but we had no problem with staying on the trail. The Overlook portion offers stunning views of Harpers Ferry. That portion of the trail is quite crowded. Overall certain parts of the trail are uneven and/or rocky, but I wore running shoes, not hiking shoes, and I had no problem. Hiking specific footwear would be better in rainy weather or for those needing the extra support. Any healthy dog (or human) can do this trail, however this ain't your granddad's trail. Took us nearly 4 hours and that was a leisurely pace.

TL;DR Worth the climb if you want to get a decent day hike in, more moderate than difficult, many historic stops along the way.

The hike to Annapolis Rock was a good, mostly uphill, workout with a backpack full of camping gear. We went on a Saturday and there were lots and lots of happy people on the trail. At Annapolis Rock there is a nice camp area, with many primitive sites, a great spring, bear poles for hanging food, and two outhouses (one was tucked away in the campground). A caretaker came around just before dark to count the number of campers and make sure all was well. It was nice to have supper then watch the sunset from the rocks. We went to sleep early (you are not allowed to have campfires in this area) and as a bonus we saw the moonrise from inside the tent. It started raining pretty hard during the night but the water didn’t cause us any problems at the camp. At 6am the rain let up a little, so we hurried and broke camp. The 7am hike out was refreshing to do in the rain, albeit slower and more of a challenge hiking downhill in the mud. Overall, it was a good experience.

After a friend of ours bought property in the Catoctin mountains, my husband fell in love with it. Few months ago, we took a trip to Gettysburg and decided to spontaneously get tattoos. He got Chimney Rock inside his tattoo even though we have never seen it. Last weekend, we took the trail and saw it for the first time and it was breath-taking.

Very fun. Took the blue trail, tough climb at the beginning which is why Abe Lincoln didn’t get to see the guns at the top. Some great views but the trail is overgrown in places. Use the app to find your way of off course. The overlook is breathtaking. Took the goat trail down from there. Fun but challenging. Great day.

Definitely worth it but it is difficult. For someone who doesn’t hike a lot, it will take a while to do the climb in and out of the overlook trail. The views of Harpers Ferry from the overlook are spectacular. The green and red trails are well marked

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3 days ago

Poor markers, I would rate this moderate. The first mile is really steep and then it’s pretty flat and easy. Still a great hike!

Fun hike. Ran into a few deers on the way.

Beautiful walk with spectacular views at the Annapolis Rocks overview!!

Nice variety of trail loops with same great views.

Growth on the upper trail in spots is now making it tricky to move at speed in spots near the top.

Great trail. Stairs will make you winded but plenty of time between the hard parts to catch your breath.
Perfectly rated a "moderate" hike. Gets pretty busy on weekends, Friday morning wasn't busy but Saturday and Sunday were crowded! Dog friendly (on a leash of course) and everyone we came across was very friendly and kind. Go a little further down from Annapolis Rock to the little creek if you have a pup - great place to cool off and get a drink. I was proposed to at the top of Annapolis Rock :)

Watch for copperheads! Lots of them hiding out in the rocks.

hiking
21 days ago

Great workout and great views!

Hard climb. We took 2 adults and 3 kids ages 9,10,and 12. Steep grades and some rock scrambling. The view was absolutely worth the effort. Bring lots of fluids. We had 68 oz and ran out on the way down.

Ive been hiking this trail so much it's easy now. Be aware that there are some places on the upper ridge where the growth almost covers the trail. (as of Saturday of Labor Day weekend)

hiking
21 days ago

It was difficult but definitely worth it!!
The view was absolutely beautiful!!

Beautiful views and creeks along the way (I went just after heavy rain). Some tough uphill grades.

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22 days ago

Amazing hike, and definitely quite a workout; but the views are worth it! I would definitely recommend bringing tons of water and proper hiking boots (especially in the summer)

Great Hike

Wide, well groomed trails. Lots of shade. The view is beautiful!

Good trail, good view. But too many mosquitoes, and the markers are inapparent and confusing.

fun trail with a rock scramble goimg to the 30 and 100 lb battery. view of Shepherdstown is awesome

This hike is amazing! It’s a tough hike but my sister and I did it in three hours. Make sure you bring water and supplies. This isn’t easy and is long .

If parking is full, head back east on Route 7 to the big Snickers Gap parking area at Route 601. Take the trail towards Bears Den, but turn north at the intersection with the AT and follow the white blazes to (carefully!) cross the highway and continue to Raven Rocks.

This hike was a lot of fun and had its challenges! The Catoctin Mountain Extension trail is actually a combination of trails that loop around a majority of park. If you want more of a challenge, definitely go counterclockwise (starting with Chimney Rock). If you have any questions, the park employees are very friendly! Only gave it 4 stars because of the views aren’t to die for, but still very beautiful overall.

This was a fun trail. Definitely not as hard as the label would make it out to be.

After breakfast, The wife and I rode into the park. This is a great little loop that features the Cascade Falls, A climb on part of the Ridge Trail and a flat easy 2 miles up and back to the Bloede Dam Project. The dam is being removed. Super nice weather and the park was once again crowded. Limited parking due to half of the park still closed due to flood damage.

You spend a bit of time alongside I-70 and can hear it in the distance for some chunks. This negative is far outweighed by the hike itself and especially by the spectacular ending.

If you like primitive camping, there are primitive sites, a couple latrines, and a great spring to draw water from.

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