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Great hike with a nice payoff. Saw a bear right at the trailhead before I even started the hike. Very rocky throughout, so it can be slow going, but also very scenic. Also has a natural spring part way through, so you can refill your water conveniently (still filtered it). A great way to start Earth Day this morning!

trail was awesome. blaze can be seen but didn't know how to stay on the correct trail. there were no "go this way for this trail" a mix of blue orange and red trail blazes. took the blue trail up the steep mountain. wasn't sure if we were still on the correct trail, so after three hours, turned around. took us one hour to get off the mountain.

other than that it was a nice, never traveled trail.

wire bridge was awesome!

One of the more strenuous trails I've hiked, with the gain being somewhere around 900 feet / mile. The trails coming off the AT - particularly the North Trail - are not the best marked, but when you find them you will be blown away by the views!

Nice hike with a decent elevation gain. Parking at Old South Mountain Inn is free as long as you park in the designated area. There's also a small parking lot at the trail's intersection with Reno Monument Rd if you want to make the hike a little shorter or avoid the campground.

Took North and South scenic trails, which are more difficult and have a lot of sun exposure. The AT sections were easier and had coverage. Great loop. Wear sunscreen and a hat!

Great day trip from DC. The trail has a nice incline variety. It’s very rocky, so probably best to go on a dry day, when the rocks aren’t slippery from rain.

Very good day! Met a lot of hikers traveling to Maine wishes lots of luck and be safe.!

My son and I started at Reeds gap and hiked in to the Harper’s Creek Shelter. Due to some slight rain and all of the boulders on the AT side it was extremely slippery, but a beautiful hike. Even if it did take eight hours to hike in. On the second day we hiked back to the car by completing the loop. The waterfalls were absolutely wonderful. This was the first backpacking trip for my 18-year-old son and I. I now understand the labeling of difficult as this trail was. It will make you sore, but the views are very much worth it. We had a great time.

Hiking across state lines is always fun and met with a beautiful view at the end of the trail.

We started our hike Friday March 30th from Reid’s Gap and hiked the top of the first peak where we set up camp. It has a beautiful view and great site for setting up. The temperature was around mid 60’s during the day; however, the temperature dropped drastically getting down to right above 30 at night. The next morning we began our loop beginning at Maupin Shelter and going clockwise towards three ridges. The hike was difficult with steep inclines. One you hit the peak of three ridges you descend over several areas of boulders, not easy on the knees. After a couple of miles we landed at our second camp site Harpers Creek Shelter. The camp site is great with a great water source. The next day you start off by doing a pretty hefty incline followed by steep descending trails to end up by some fantastic waterfalls. Take you time and rest because the next mile was grueling. Maybe not as hard but just as challenging . Ascending in short but steep inclines combined with rocks along the river was definitely challenging but very rewarding. We finished our hike and headed to devils backbone for much needed meal with beverage.

Hiked up to Annapolis rock over the first weekend in April. The first mile, or so, has a good ascent, but it is more of a stair climb (due to the anti-erosion logs) then a typical climb. As such, not too bad as is it flat, then a step, then flat, etc. I was expecting it to be a lot worse but with a 35lb pack and being out of shape I did fine.
Once at Annapolis rock, the views are good. While there are more spectacular views elsewhere, this one is only 2.5 miles from parking, has two privies on site, and a spring for water. Accessible and plenty of amenities. Additionally, there are many rocks to sit on and take in the view so even on a crowded day there is room for all to take in the sights.
For those camping, there are 13 primitive sites and I believe 3 group sites. A caretaker is there "in season". Just a note: NO FIRES are allowed so if you like sitting around the fire in front of your tent, this is not the place for you to camp. (there are two places to camp that allow fires about 1.5 miles N and S of Annapolis Rocks).

Part hiking part rock climbing. Views were beautiful and we saw some hawks. The skyline trail is the most difficult and please pay attention...it’s not for beginners. Bolder climbing for quite some distance. We modified route to make it more like 10 miles round trip.

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loved this trail, I've hiked it twice. great views and an easy trail

My ankles are a bit sore, and I have a blister or two, but this hike was awesome! It kicked my butt but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The orange path was pretty rough, kinda steep. A lot of dogs on the path which surprised me. I don’t think my doggo could handle it, but they seemed just fine!

View from split rock is nice, but otherwise the scenery is meh. Could just be the time of the year though.

Awesome hike! Hiked 4 miles in on the Appalachian trail route. Pretty rocky trails with a couple fantastic class-2 bouldering opportunities along the way if that's your thing. Tons of places to take a break, and some unique rock formations. Beautiful boulder river crossings with small falls. Ravens Rock was fantastic --about 2 1/2 miles in. Outstanding views of the rolling backdrop for such a shallow elevation. The inclines can get pretty intense at times if you aren't used to the rocky paths, with a total elevation gain of around 1600 feet. Get an early start, limited parking at the trail-head and trail can be moderately trafficked from 10:00 AM onward. Highly recommend. Totally worth it for the gorgeous view.

First time hiking The Peter’s mountain-loop with snow on the mountain. Incredible. The trail seemed much different with the rocks covered in snow, some places 2-3 ft deep. Strongly recommend taking the Susquehanna trail back to Clark’s Ferry. It’s one of the highlights. Miswak stick.

Really fun, not that hard.

A fun walk, that is not as difficult as the "hard" rating says. The exercise is nice along the roller coaster type hills but the views are nothing special. Even the big payoff is only average. It is easterly facing so an afternoon hike puts you in a good position for photos.

Great hike!! Good views!!

easy not much of a hike but a nice walk

Hiked to Black Rock. Icy on the way up but plenty of crunchy snow to gain footing. Not very crowed with the temps in the 30s in the morning. On the way down it was a little muddy as the trail gets sun and was now in the 40s. Not strenuous - just one long hill on the way to Annapolis Rock. The trail to Black Rock is a one mile woods walk. With lunch and stops it took about 4 1/2 hours.

Nice hike, beautiful view at Raven Rocks and closer to DC than Shenandoah. It was icy this morning and that made it challenging. .

Did this a while back in September and forgot to review. Great hike and relatively easy gradient to the summit. The total hike took around 5.5 hours to complete. The views from the summit tower looked amazing and you were able to see all the various colors of the trees in the distance as it was the beginning of fall. Trail is well marked and very easy to follow and a rewarding way to summit West Virginia’s highpoint.

This hike is hard enough without a foot + of snow on it. But with the snow, Maryland height's evil stepsister is flat out brutal. I had tried to get up to the overlook during Wednesday's snowstorm, but turned around 3/4 of the way to the top. Today, I noticed someone made it to the top of the mountain, but turned around. So today I carved the path to the overlook.

The overlook at split rock cliff, really all four overlooks were absolutely stunning. I am so glad I fought through the snow to get to them. It was well worth the effort, though I didn't stay too long at any of them as there was a strong wind.

Great hike in the morning. Lots of Spring birds including Bluebirds and Woodpeckers. Crowded after 10, like a bus dropped off 100 people! Parking up and down the road got full!

Not very impressed with this hike. For starters, it was VERY crowded on the trail. That’s never particularly fun and takes away from the outdoor experience. Second there wasn’t much to see on the almost 3 mile hike there (and back for that matter) and thirdly, I wasn’t wowed by the viewpoint. There are many better views if your willing to drive an extra 30 minutes. All in all, I doubt i will return.

It was tough to do and an awesome challenge. But take the “scenic route” that is an off shoot of it. It adds a little bit of distance but walks along the open side of the mountain.

Hiked to Black Rock last weekend. Trail was clearly marked, no issues navigating. The first mile is a bear, but after that it's smooth sailing. A lot of foot traffic. Saw maybe 40-50 people between the parking lot and Annapolis Rock and only saw maybe 5-6 people between Annapolis Rock and Black Rock. Worth it to go to Black Rock. Equal views to Annapolis Rock even if the rock itself isn't as picturesque and as a bonus I had the whole place to myself.

Will definitely go again, just need to go on off peak hours.

Note: Annapolis Rock has a privy if ya need to go.

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