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This trail has a really long incline. Once you reach the flat-ish section along the ridge, it is nice. When it's 25 to 30 degrees and midweek, you have the trail to yourself

Nice trail, clearly marked and easy to follow. you'll have to cross the chain bridge and make a right into a small parking lot with a marker for the Appalachian trail. walk back across the bridge and cross the street at the end, this is the trail head. lots of gas stations on the way on close by.

As said in other comments the first mile or so its a steep rocky climb and will definitely be a good work out so come prepared to start strong. At the top of this section there is a spring and a little structure with a visitors log and a fire pit. continue on to see a sign that indicates the north trail heading to the right. this route is easy to walk and has beautiful views and plant life. This trail Continues past some radio towers and over the lehigh tunnel then loops back around to meet the white trail again. You can follow this back to the start and get some nice downhill sections you can run if your into that, although I don't recommend doing so unless you are experienced as it is dangerous and easy to hit a rock and fall while running. There were also a bunch of woodpeckers around this section.

For a more challenging route take the white trail first to hit those inclines instead.

I would defintely have a good sturdy pair of boots, this trail is very rocky in parts with a fair amount of loose rocks.

Nice hike, some rocky spots

Great views! Recommend hiking boots. There are some rocky areas but my dog loved it!

This is a beautiful Maryland trail to hike. We went on a chilly November day so it wasn’t too crowded. Well worth it, very pretty overlook. Took us about 2 hours 15 mins.

I've done this trail 3 times now and it is one of my absolute favorites. The accessibility and parking is wonderful, and it's far enough away from the cities to make for a nice and quiet experience once you are past the initial part that runs along the highway. The fall colors are wonderful and the rocks themselves are so fun to sit on and look out over. It's my go to trail for anyone who can handle hiking as most people seem to be able to tackle this trail. It definitely earns its moderate rating but you get a blessing for your knees as once you get to the top of the initial incline you are treated with a few miles of flat-ish trail. Go treat yourself to Black Rock as well, it's worth it and still on level trail so it's not that much harder to get to.

One of my favorite short hikes in Maryland. Typically do an evening hike to catch the sunset while having a little picnic. Usually popular in the fall. Good for hiking and trail running. Easy trail open to all levels.

Annapolis Rocks offers one of the best views in the area especially during the fall when the leaves are at their most colorful. The hike itself is not strenuous, the grade is mild from the start all the way to the rocks. There is no worry of getting lost on this trail either. Once at the rocks, you can get some amazing pictures of the landscape but do be careful if standing near the edge. If you're lucky you might see some rock climbers scaling the face of the rocks as well. Great hike for families and dogs! Especially dogs, you will see a lot of those. This trail does require dogs on leashes but do be warned that the odds of unleashed dogs coming up to you and befriending you is quite high.

TONS of water and high water crossings on Nov 25th. Had to take our shoes off and wade knee deep in ice cold water. Make sure you take poles and water shoes for water crossings on this hike! Lots of climbing up front which was awesome. We added another loop to make it a 9.5 mile hike. Took our large group 5.5 hours to complete.

Great hike. Final view is spectacular. Lots of up and down, and some fairly steep grades. The view at the end makes it all worthwhile.

Awesome day trip hike. I’m an avid hiker struggling with some ankle instability and injuries. It was perfect to work on this on a 5 mike trek. Very muddy as we got an inch of rain yesterday. But that may have kept the crowded away. It was 59 degrees and sunny. We arrived at 11. No trouble parking and not crowded at all. Great experience.

A little bit of scrambling. Be kind to your knees. Don’t bring the little dogs. Good place for some bouldering. Nice view.

Beautiful fall morning for a hike. Snow-covered trail on the way out. Muddy soup on the way back. Normally it’s very crowded, but the weather and snow keep the crowds down.

Beautiful overlook in November. Muddy in sections. Well marked

So I’m not opposed to fire road trails and this one is about half and half pretty rocky with lots of stream crossings. Be aware the All Trails map calls the entrance fire road Jinny Gray Road, but the trail markers and signs call it Kayseri Run Fire Road.

Hiked from Keys Gap parking lot to where the trail breaks open to a clearing where the high tension wires come thru, almost two miles. The trail is moderate, and in true AT fashion there is plenty of uneven terrain. This section has a narrow trail section and today was happily holding water. I would do more of it again, when I can get an earlier start.

Trail was in relatively good shape, and the vistas were stellar. Some sections are pretty steep, so be advised.

Great trail, but steep going down. The rocks with the wet leaves this time year, November made the hiking a little more complicated.

One of my all time favorite hikes!

Just completed this section this week as my first foray onto the AT. Spectacular views from the balds. Last 6-7 miles to 19e were difficult and challenging. Spent night in Overmountain shelter. Great spot. Plenty of water available on the trail. I agree with other posters that the distance is more the 13.6 miles posted. Absolutely worthwhile trip

Nice walk on a beautiful day. Spots on the trail are muddy but there has been lots of rain lately. Fairly steep uphill but worth doing for the view.

Arrived at 11:30am on Saturday, Nov. 3rd. If I didn't have handicapped tags on my car, I would not have gotten a parking space. In spite of the chilly, windy weather, the lot was full and the trail was very busy. Being 58 y.o. and disabled, it was a long, slow hike for me. But so worth the view from Annapolis Rock!

Beautiful mountain, peaceful and subtle. The trail is marked by white markers on the trees. Lots of rocks and boulders. After walking 3 miles in, we turned back because we didn't see where there would be a loop or a scenic view. Views can be seen past the trees. by 4:45pm, the parking lot was packed with vehicles, I'm assuming to see the sunset? not sure. We entered past the gates bridge.

a zoo on the weekends

Really pretty fall hike. Also relatively uncrowded even though it was a beautiful Sunday. I did the north trail, followed the AT a little ways further, and then went back to the parking lot via the south trail. I definitely wouldn't rate this as a hard hike, but the initial part was a nice little climb.

Short and sweet! I went to this beautiful hike this Fall Sunday and had a good day. I got there early, right after sunset, and only saw a few trail runners coming up and down (and a whole boy scout troop coming down). Some spots were muddy but not too bad. When I got to the top I was the only one there, for a long time too, then people started trickling in. Soon there were quite a few people there and I ventured further along the overlook and found peace and solitude.

Tip: if you get there in the middle of the day and its crowded, take a walk to the left past the rocks you immediately see and walk down a slope to the bottom of the group of second overlook rocks. Climb up on those rocks (it's not hard) and relax all by your self without the crowds and dogs, no one came over to that side while I chilled for awhile.

On my way down around 9:30 the crowds of people coming up made me immensely happy I rolled out of bed ( the clock rolling back an hour did not help). People and dogs galore. When I got back to the parking lot by a little after 10 the parking lot was full and people were waiting for spots. Another reason to get there early.

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

My husband and I did this trail yesterday and we loved it. The fall colors from Annapolis rock were breathtaking. Parts of the trail were quite muddy but it was a very enjoyable hike and not too strenuous.

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