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South MountainState Park encompasses the South Mountain ridge from the Pennsylvania line to the Potomac River. The park has no entrance facility but can be accessed at various locations. Most of the park is only accessible by foot, adding to the feeling of being a million miles away from it all. Maryland's 40-miles of the Appalachian Trail span the park, providing access to High Rock, Black Rock, Annapolis Rock, White Rock, and Waverton Cliffs scenic overlooks. Camping is possible at six shelters and three backpackers campgrounds off the AT. Black Rock Hunting Lands and Lambs Knoll Hunting Lands provide hunting opportunities.

One of my favorite trails in the area!

Great hike. And nice views of the valley below.

Great hike. Did it in the rain and the foggy view was still gorgeous. Worth the work

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 left Pen Mar Park and it was chilly. We reached the Raven Rock Shelter in a couple hours and settled in for the night. Awoke to 5 degrees yet slept well in shelter. Great job on the shelter; well built and welcoming.

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

Nice hike to a gorgeous view.

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.

One mile further north after Annapolis Rock on Appalachian Trail is Black Rock Overlook. I think the view at Black Rock is just as good if not better, and definitely less crowded on the weekends.

The hike is fairly easy and faster than we thought, reached the rock in just an hour. The views were amazing especially during fall

Beautiful in the fall and the overlook is breathtaking.

Was very foggy on Sunday, could not see the views from Annapolis rock. But still a nice hike

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This was a great hike! The outhouse just before the overlook was key :). It can be strenuous at the beginning as it is quite rocky and almost all uphill. I arrived at about 1:00 on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon and there was ample parking. Can't wait to go back when the leaves are more colorful.

nice wide trails for the dog or multiple hikers

Easy to find and ample parking. Used AT Trailhead & Parking to find in GPS. I'm a beginner. The beginning of the hike is mostly uphill and I'm not going to lie it was killer lol. But totally worth it and I just took it at my own pace as did everyone else :) At first you walk along a highway but it soon becomes peaceful wooded area. Very nice hike and beautiful, rewarding view at the end. I can imagine it gets crowded up there during weekend afternoons. Will be back to do the other end to the original Washington Monument! Looked like some great places to camp along the way, as well as a bathroom.

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