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Great hike, great view

loved this hike. beautiful veiws a good hike up. go early if you want to take pictures on the rock, it gets crowded fast.

A moderately challenging and well-maintained trail. While it’s billed as a lightly trafficked loop, there was a good amount of traffic on the trail. Not sure if this is always the case. I’m certain the first fall-like weather weekend of the year contributed to the number of people out there.

Love this trail. Love getting the kids off their computers and just hiking. Friendly people on trail.

Great secluded views. Enjoyed the stream crossings and small waterfall.
Unmarked and slightly hard to follow.

Great hike! Good exercise, clean trails, friendly people. Plenty of parking at the entrance. It was not crowded the day we went, however, it was a bit foggy so once we made it to the top, there wasn't much you could see.

hiking
10 days ago

We hiked the blue trail and it was a lovely hike!

hiking
10 days ago

Hike will test a bit. Limited views of the valley below. Definitely recommend avoiding the weekend crowds.

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.

Hiked all the way past Black Rock cliff to Pogo shelter and back. It's kind of ridiculous how many people hike this considering there isn't anything really special about this hike.

Great hike. Loved some of the views. The markings could have been a lil better but over all would do this again.

hiking
11 days ago

This was a perfect hike very close to Washington DC. A privately owned mountain is very well kept. As you arrive turn up the one way road and head to the the west view parking lot which is ample. There you will find the trail head going west at the circle to the east up the hill to the left. We chose the start going west and found the hike well marked and very rocky. The almost 6 mile hike with a stop at white rock overlook took us less than 3 hours but at times with some changes in elevations but nothing difficult. Great hike!

Really nice hike. Especially cool on a foggy day.

Some nice views and facilities. The trail is very well marked.

Beautiful Park area but the trails are so poorly marked it's not worth the time.

Great workout for the distance. Lots of up and down. I'd definitely do it again.

Great day hike with an amazing overlook with plenty of seating and space.

Beautiful hike! Hiked this with my 2.5 year old in the backpack carrier with no issue. Expected more crowds on a Saturday, but it was pretty light traffic in the afternoon.

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.

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 :)

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.

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

Nice variety of trail loops with same great views.

Good trail and decent workout as well. Ran into several deer on my hike. Would do it again.

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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, shaded walk. It's a loop, so half of the hike will be pretty flat/downhill/easy, while the second half heads back uphill and is challenging. Picnic tables along the way for lunch, and not heavily trafficked. We brought our dog and she loved it.

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.

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