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Best camping trails in South Mountain State Park, Maryland

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#1 - Thurston Griggs to Appalachian Trail to Black Rock
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
From White Oak Dr, Hagerstown, MD to Black Rock SummitShow more
#2 - Monument Knob via Appalachian Trail
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
#3 - Appalachian Trail: Weverton Heights to Ed Garvey Shelter
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 23 m
#4 - Appalachian Trail: US 40 to Pogo Campground
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
This hike begins at a small parking lot on US 40 outside of Myersville and heads north to Pogo Campground. Passing Annapolis Rock and Black Rock overlooks, spectacular valley views are seen. Total elevation gain of 1,600' with the longest climb of 500' over .9 miles. Starting at the parking lot, head down to access the Appalachian Trail. At this point, turn right to head north. Sign indicating Annapolis Rocks. This is an out-and-back hike that offers spectacular views of Greenbriar State Park. Passing Pine Knob shelter (1 mile), Annapolis Rock Overlook (2.2 miles), and Black Rock Overlook, lunch at Pogo Campground before returning. This is a moderate hike that offers one significant slow and steady climb on a partially rocky trail. The remainder is pleasant with one stream crossing close to Pogo Campground.Show more
#5 - Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 15 m
This hike begins in Gathland State Park. The hike out to Weverton is along smooth, flat trails. Prior to the tough switchback descent you will do well to take the side trail (blue blazed) down to Weverton Cliffs. The views both east and west along the Potomac are awesome. To the west you can just make out the Episcopal Church steeple in Haper's Ferry. The descent is steep and rocky but this is followed by several miles of flat, wide, smooth towpath hiking to Harper's Ferry, thus completing the Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail.Show more
#6 - Appalachian Trail: Dahlgren Camp to Bear Spring Cabin
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 5 h 2 m
Parking at the Old South Mountain Inn that has been in use for over 200 years and Presidents have visited, this inn is one of the oldest public houses along the AT. Following the white marked trail south, within a mile you will reach Dahlgren Backpacker's Campground. Water and restrooms are available here. Continuing south, you will begin to ascend towards White Rocks Overlook. The trail will cross Reno Monument Road / Lambs Knoll Road and continue on the white marked trail towards the right. Continue to ascend for nearly a total of four miles before reaching White Rocks Overlook. At this point, you can chose to lunch here and return by the same way you came to the parking lot. Optional loop to Bear Spring Cabin: This blue blazed trail descends into a small valley and ends at Bear Spring Cabin. With a fresh water spring supply close by, this remote and rustic cabin is available to rent through PATC. The return is a long descent with a short 2/10 of a mile steep and roughly graded trail to return to the White Rocks Overlook. Show more
#7 - Appalachian Trail: South Mountain State Park to Harper's Ferry
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 23.3 mi • Est. 11 h 25 m
#8 - Appalachian Trail: Pine Knob to Pen Mar County Park
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 17.5 mi • Est. 9 h 6 m
#9 - Appalachian Trail: Weverton Cliffs to Pine Knob Shelter
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 18.8 mi • Est. 10 h 3 m