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This month marks the 80th anniversary of the #AppalachianTrail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. . With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. . To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list state by state of some of our favorite day hikes along the AT. Check out this list for Maryland and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

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Backpacked this section last weekend. It was very rocky, muddy and there were lots of leaves on the ground which can hide some hazards and make your footing less stable. We had to detour at a water crossing which added almost a mile to our hike. This section has a couple significant inclines and declines also.

This hike was hilly and rocky, but enjoyable. Watch out for snakes

Great hike.If you get an early start the lake is great in the morning light. To change things up I made a left on the AT off Bartman Hill and hiked over to Annapolis Rock.The Monument is nice but the view from annapolis Rock is awesome. If you start off Mountain Laurel Rd and follow this guide it is about a 13.5 mile hike.

I expected a bit of a view from the summit but you can’t really see anything except trees. Regardless, it was a still a pleasant hike and it wasn’t too difficult. Trail was moderately rocky on the uphill sections.

My family loves this trail for a quick workout and great scenery and views. The trial has a moderate climb in the beginning and flattens out near the top. Wonderful sights of water, and forests with a spectacular view of the valley and of the river of rocks below the outlook.

Great hike. The distance out and back a bit more than 10.8. It’s more like 14 miles out and back. If you love rock scrambles this hike is for you. Great work out climbing over boulders and rocks.

Absolutely gorgeous! Landscape changes abound. A great hike when you’ve been stuck inside for way too long.

Very rocky, wet trail. Overall a good hike.

Disappointed with my planned weekend getaway. I was at Pogo Memorial Campground around noon when a group of about 30 scouts and 10 masters set up a dozen or more tents. I packed up and headed to Annapolis Rock. At the junction I ran into 20 girls with backpacks planning to stay there. I hiked down to Pine Knob where I read the maximum number in one group permitted to stay on the shelter grounds is 5 per party. That must also apply to remote campgrounds like Pogo and Annapolis Rock too? This was my first time on the AT in 20 years, which I used to backpack religiously. I moved away many years ago and returned for a long visit. I was looking forward to a nice trip down memory lane. I felt overwhelmed with the large number of large groups. The population explosion of the DC area has made what was once an out-of-the-way retreat a popular outdoor recreational area for thousands. The former makeshift gravel pullout at the US 40 trailhead is now a large paved parking lot. I arrived at 9:00 a.m. and the lot was full. When I returned to my car at 6:00 p.m., it was still mostly full. The buses parked there didn't help matters--and should have given me a warning about what was to come. Increasing the size of trailhead parking lots isn't a good idea. It just attracts more people and larger groups. I can't imagine the environmental impact of so many super large groups. When I hiked the AT so many years ago, you'd run into solo hikers and couples all the time. We'd befriend each other at campsites and share stories. The larger groups as expected kept to themselves. What I encountered this past weekend was nothing but large--very large--groups. I felt completely lost on my old haunt. Sad is me. I enjoyed the 10-mile workout with 35 pounds on my back, however.

We chose this trail for a simple weekend backpacking excursion to try out an assortment of miscellaneous backpacking gear we had, and the distance to Pogo seemed about right for a first-time backpacker (me). We arrived at the parking lot after dark Friday and went straight to Pine Knob campsite, which I think was a mile from the parking lot. There was a shelter and outhouse there, but we didn’t stay long. Early in the morning we packed up and headed out. The initial ascent to Annapolis Rocks had a whole lot of “steps” made of logs across the trail, probably for controlling erosion. Some steps were higher than others, but I saw lots of people from all ages and fitness appearances (?) doing fine. There were runners, AT backpackers, moms with baby carriers, and some people that looked at least my parents age (75ish). At Annapolis Rocks there was an outhouse and a good number of campsites on a side trail before the overlook. From Annapolis Rocks to Black Rock there were more “fallen” logs across the trail to step over, but none were a big deal. Black Rock was another nice overlook, and there was a group of rock climbers there. Between Black Rock and Pogo was a beautiful cascading stream. Pogo had an outhouse and lots and lots of space for tents (I didn’t see a shelter). We had planned to camp at Pogo, but it was being used by Boy Scouts, so we went back to Annapolis Rocks, which was very nice because after setting up camp and having supper, we were able to watch the sunset from sitting on the rocks. Then a short 2.4 miles back to the car the next morning. I would definitely go back and do this hike again, and might enjoy it even more without 29lbs on my back :)

nicest place we have stayed so far on MD AT. peaceful and quiet. Best spring too.

great hike with outstanding views from high rock overlook

This was fairly easy for an in an out. Only sporadic rock gardens. It is mostly a dirt trail.

Enjoyed very much: especially view at top!

Got lost, and didn’t make it to the rock. Very rocky with tough stepping.

Easy in the side near south mtn inn

Wonderful trail. We’re traveling to Baltimore and were looking for a trail to hike that would not take all day. We loved the stream. The outcropping of rocks at the top was worth w hike. We heard rumblings of thunder and got soaked in a thunderstorm! Thanks to trail locator for the hiking information.

We parked on the side of Raven Rock Rd. Quick climb (<0.75mile) , then the trail levels off. Nice stroll through the forest. High rock is accessible by car. Lots of neat graffiti. Awesome view. Police did a drive-by while we were at high rock.

Well marked and wide. Nice views and I would say moderately trafficked for a Saturday. Parking lot was almost filled

Not too tough. White Rocks overlook was great. Mosquitoes out & fairly wet and muddy in spots.

The hike was a real workout! the accents on either side were faily steep and very rocky. After so much rain it was fairly dry except for a few areas. the High Rock lookout was great!

Nice hike--climbing two peaks (both ways) on this out-and-back hike. Very, very rocky--need sturdy soles. I made the mistake of wearing running shoes, and my soles were so sore after 10 miles. My hiking partner had sturdy hiking shoes and fared much better. Two big road crossings. Two stream crossings. Mostly shaded/wooded trail, a few open grass crossings. Lots of muddy areas on first .5mile of trail. Wonderful ATC stewards working on the first section. By the time I had returned, it looked spectacular!

Easy access and well marked. Great views with a rocky wet start.

The parking lot at Greenbrier State Park was full. So, I parked my car off US 40 start the hike at intersection of Bartman Hill Trail and AT. Great Hike. Nice views from Washington Monument. Parts of AT was very muddy.

Rocky, wet, and beautiful scenery-moss covered rocks, a stream and little waterfalls along the way. Perfect way to start a Saturday!

It is not an easy trail. Every rocky , must be careful. We only went as far as the Washington monument

Great day hike

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