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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.

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.