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South Mountain State Park is a 40-mile long multi-use state park weaving along the South Mountain ridge from the Pennsylvania line to the Potomac River. It has no distinguishable boundary or entrance facility. South Mountain State Park can be accessed at a number of locations. Most of the park is only accessible by foot.

Worth the view...on top of the rock you can see a lake off to the distance which is pretty serene. It is also pretty good views of other mountains. The angle where you are will depend on what you see. Glad however that you don't see much of thr surrounding towns/cities. The beginning of this hike is a little deceiving as you are on the side of the freeway, but give it like 5 min and you totally forget you just heard 18 wheelers fly by. Caution: Make sure on the last .28 miles you bare left (follow the blue strips) to exit the Appalachian trail. The sign is a little confusing.

NOTE - for directions using your car GPS, you will want to search for "AT Trailhead Parking at I-70, MD, 11196 Baltimore National Pike, Myersville, MD 21773". If that does not work, then search for "Grenbrier State Park, 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713" and instead of turning into the park just keep driving for a few mins and you will run into the trailhead. Using the longitude and latitude coordinates for driving directions will take you on the highway and under the trail -- not to the parking lot.

Review: Excellent 2.5 miles in to the overlook and 2.5 miles back out. Trails clearly marked. Overlook was amazing. Beautiful sold outcropping. Not safe for young children -- the fall will be fatal -- so keep kids/pets on leashes.

Great hike. Some what challenging at times with the uphill climb but the view from Annapolis Rock was well worth it. Great work out.

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)

Super great trip for this old senior. Weather was fine overnight ( Sunday ). Climbed down Monday morning and the crowd was gone. The 5 tenths of a ROCKY mile heading up was pretty challenging for this handicap old timer but you simply need to take your time. When the trail leveled out it was a cake walk in the woods. I tented at the Pine Knob Shelter which wasn't my first time. The trail people always takes care of this area because of it being so popular. Heading back in the fall for the Leaves.

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.

Beautiful hike and view.

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.

stayed at rocky run shelter area at ridge campsites,little over 2miles from trailhead.

Not too steep-- incline up front and then flat most of the way. Great view from the rocks.