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Lovely! Nice vertical gain on the way out and beautiful view.

Great fall hike. Only issue is all the leaves have fallen covering the rocks in the trail. So makes for some slip and slide. But still a good time.

Great recovery hike with an excellent view. Took off a star bc not super difficult, but will probably do it again.

Took us about 1.5 hours. Beautiful on a chilly fall morning. Lots of elevation on the stretch up to the AT.

I enjoyed this trail. The footing is mostly rocks. Knobby rocks. The only section I would categorize as "hard" is the trek back up the loop. It's more climbing than hiking. The trail wasn't crowded, but I saw about 20 people over the 3 hours.

Excellent trail for hiking by yourself or the whole family. Very scenic but you cross a couple of busy roads so don't let your kids or pets run too far ahead of you if you're not familiar with the trail.

Very good trail, but not hard enough. The very last portion is useless. It goes down to a shelter with no reason. It would be totally enough just to do a loop.

Too Rocky up Thurston Griggs but great once we got to the AT. Beautiful at Black Rocks. You can see for miles.

Today we did the Gathland to Brownsville Rd part of the trail. This completes the Gathland SP to Harpers Ferry.

Hiked to the Cliffs and 2 more miles out and back toward Ed Garvey Shelter.

Great hike with my pups. Beautiful views from Black Rock and Annapolis Rock.

This trail was delightful! we started at the head at Gathland State Park and worked our way to Harpers Ferry. It's probably more like 10.5 miles if you include Weaverton Cliff which would really be your only overlook if there's foliage still up. This is a very gentle, easy part of the AT with the exception of the switch backs a you're coming into Harpers Ferry/Sandy Hook. It was a beautiful day today (and a long weekend), so we saw lots of day hikers as well as full on AT hikers. Everyone was friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this for folks wanting to dip their toes into the AT experience.

unfortunately had a heavy rain in the middle and had to return. will definitely do it again.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

nice hike some steep inclines I do recommend it

Great hike. Nice climbing in the beginning. Beautiful outlooks..... Annapolis Rock and Black Rock.

the trail itself was nice, had ferns and beautiful wild flowers all over. We did a weekend backpacking trip, slept at pine knob the first night and Pogo the second it's a big climb at the beginning but once you get to the top it's smooth sailing from there! the hike is short enough where you can get to Pogo and make camp and then double back to Annapolis rock around sunset when there's a lot less people there. Highly recommended! Pogo was a little crowded and the tent sites are almost all slightly on a hill so be prepared for that if you're looking to camp over night.

I loved this hike. Pretty steep section in the middle as the trail follows a small creek. Not too populated when I went and there are lots of different places along the cliffs to take in the views.

nice open trail with very little elevation gains.

Nice trail. Great views once you reach the monument. Much less-trafficked than Annapolis Rocks, which shares the trailhead. Very good parking. I left the trail at 11 am last Sunday and there were still plenty of parking spaces. The trail was overgrown in a few places, but not too bad. I would hike this one again.

Great section for an easier hike/beginner backpacking. The start at weaverton cliffs is a bit of a climb but once past that the trail was relatively level up to Gathland State Park

Trail is very rocky with lots of big steps in the beginning but it has plenty of shade, is very well marked, and great views from Annapolis rock. I would recommend sturdy trekking poles if you’re carrying a heavy pack to help yourself up and down the rocky steps. If you camp at pogo memorial beware of bees, there were a ton of them, including European hornets that harassed my group constantly until nightfall. We left before sunrise to avoid the hornets. The campsite itself is pretty nice with lots of fire pits and log seating and we had a good time overall, plenty of places to set up hammocks but tent spaces are small and usually on an incline. I got water from the spring at pogo and the water was crystal clear (I still purified it just to be safe) there are two outhouses, one at Annapolis Rock, and another at pogo but they are about what you’d expect from a mountain outhouse, the one at pogo had an electrical outlet on the side but I didn’t test it. Lastly if you walk past the first spring at pogo the trail it’s on is a monster! Very steep hill with large sharp loose rocks!

hiking
2 months ago

This is an easy day hike - wide trail, few rocks, easy ascents. We parked one car at US Alt 40 near South Mountain Inn, then drove to US 40 trailhead instead of an out and back. Parking on US 40 fills fast on weekends because you can head south to monument or north to Annapolis Rocks. The park is a nice break before a long downhill to Turners Gap.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Good hiking. Not a lot of traffic. Some mild scrambling.

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