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Planned on doing this hike slow and over two days. Left truck at lot at Gathland and hikes to the cliffs. Stopped at the Garvey shelter to recon the area and continued on. On way back from cliffs set up camp and relaxed at Garvey and met some fellow hikers. We were getting weather warning alerts so I decided to head back towards the truck. One nice thing about an out and back was having the truck there just in case. The trail was ok. Would be better during fall and after leaves come off the trees. Not a lot of view. Trail had some moderate sections. So far impressed with the cond of the shelters. Lots of pride.

Enjoyed very much: especially view at top!

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

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.

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

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

This spring has been wet so it is no surprise that the trail is a bit wet. There are sections of the trail where the trail becomes a small stream (separate from the stream crossings). However, since the terrain is rocky, there was always a way to get through those areas on rocks while not leaving the path area. But if you are hiking with small kids, now is not the time to take it if you want them to stay clean and have dry feet.

Several beautiful stream crossings to work your way through.

You are rewarded with a great mountain top view looking west over the valley containing Hagerstown.

The top is a small rock scramble to get to the view so small kids and dogs will need to be close at hand.

I was able to run down the trail which is exhilarating as you look for footholds among the rocky terrain. Though there were the numerous areas mentioned above where walking was required.

I prefer this trail to reach both Black Rock and Annapolis Rock over the more popular way - from Route-40 parking lot for four reasons: a more direct route, walking along beautiful streams most of the way up, hearing no road noise from I-70, and less crowded.

The uphill hike towards the beginning was very hard but worth it! Make sure to check out the Weaverton Cliffs on the way. Ed Garvy shelter is a decent size but there’s not much room to tent. but the Cranston shelter offers a lot of room to tent or hammock and little room in the shelter.

Did a 2 night camping trip starting from Harper’s Ferry visitor center, which allows you to park for 3 days for $10. This adds about 0.50 miles one way to your journey.

At key’s gap you can get food and water at a gas station 0.3 miles down the highway that intersects the trail.

Hiked past Keys Gap as far south as “trail to blackburn trail center”, which is about 3.5 miles past the David Lessner Memorial Shelter and has an ok view. From there I doubled back. Several camp sites along the way, deer sighting, flowering trees and butterflies.

On my way back, about 1 mile before reaching Harper’s ferry, I took the blue blaze trail at the junction to get some nice views of the river. This will add a couple more miles to your trip. It’s worth it because this section of the AT is all woods and doesn’t have great views.

So far so good!

Fun trail! Did this one on a cold January afternoon but it was nice. Park at the end of a residential road; seemed strange but you are in the right spot! Pass Black Rock by another mile and you can see Annapolis Rock

We went to Md for this hike with yankee selena zach and jesse and myself and zach and cade! we loved this hike!

Great experience..

This was a fun trail! It’s all uphill so the kids will sleep great that night.

Directions: the trailhead is at the end of a residential street. If you’re anything like me, you might be skeptical of whether you’re headed in the right direction. Not to worry, park at the end of it. The trail starts there at the parking lot. The open area with a bunch of trails going off in different directions is private property. When you get to the camp area, make a right on the AT. This will take you to Black Rock Cliff.

Speaking of private property, I’m assuming there are hunters nearby (depending on the time of year). Be advised. We saw many many clumps of deer fur and blood along the trail. Be safe.

So far one of my favorite hikes! The hike starts in the park with a gradual ascent onto the ridge of the mountain. After hiking in a few miles you will see one of the AT trail shelters, there is a spring about 3/4 of a mile down a steep descent to its location from the shelter if you need water. Continuing on the main trail you will eventually descend down some steep switchbacks that eventually hit the easy stride of the C&O canal towpath right into the historic town of Harpers Ferry. A great way to spend most of your afternoon on the legendary AT.

There was a copperhead snake near the overlook so be alert and keep dogs on leashes.

Nice hike. Was a picture perfect day so there were many others with the same idea. As noted by other hikers, a nice climb to the ridge/AT with loose rocks so poles are of value there. View was expansive and I imagine on a clear day you could see WVA quite well. Went a bit further to Annapolis Rock with another great view but again, pretty traveled if you prefer solitude. A cold beer afterwards always makes a nice ending to a good hike! (That you have to bring along in a cooler, friends)

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Nice section of the AT with easy access from Keys Gap Parking lot on Hwy 9. Not many elevation changes but sturdy shoes and trekking sticks are helpful because this trail has many rock crawls.

Views from Black Rock Cliff are amazing! Much better then Annapolis Rock and we only saw 2 other people on the trail until we made it to Annapolis rock.

Did this trail yesterday on a beautiful fall day. Learned that my car's (Toyota) nav system can take GPS lat and long coordinates and got me to the trailhead without issue. This is knowledge that will come in handy in the future. I added a couple miles by continuing south on the AT to Annapolis Rock (about a mile from Black Rock so 2 extra miles round trip) for additional views. The views from both "rocks" were very nice. Also hiked a mile north of the Thurston Griggs trail junction on the AT to add another couple miles. No views in that stretch but it was not at all crowded - didn't see a single other person. The climb up is rocky but only moderately steep by the standards of the area - the climb up to the South Mountain ridge at, say, Weaverton Cliffs is definitely significantly steeper. Once you're to the top the hike is a breeze - there's a gentle roll but no significant climbs from the trail junction to Annapolis Rock.

this was an amazing hike. I loved the rock formations and the view we had was incredible and so peaceful. It was...breathtaking.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Great hike. Amazing view. Good for dogs going up but down was a challenge as there are loose rocks. Easy to get lost as there are several trails and no maps

Mostly flat along the ridge line, but rocky. Historic Harpers Ferry was a great surprise.

This trail needs removed as the description is misleading. It's the same as thurston grigs, just the mileage doesn't include the overlook or anything worth seeing. There is no waterfall either.

Bring bug spray. Hiked morning of 8/19. Trail is mostly shaded with a few patches of sun. Saw a bobcat on the trail just below the cabin. Also saw a TIMBER RATTLESNAKE sunning itself on the cliff overlook rocks. Just be careful around there.

It was pretty steep at first but it was still a very fun hike.

A bit rocky but nice trail. Met many great hikers and their dogs!

A nice soothing Trickling stream is next to Trail until u hit AT.

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