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Best trails in South Mountain State Park

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Looking for a great trail in South Mountain State Park, Maryland? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 15 moderate trails in South Mountain State Park ranging from 1.5 to 23.3 miles and from 351 to 1,873 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
South Mountain State Park has no official entrance, but instead has various access points. Most of these access points are by foot only, making a visit quite the adventure. The biggest feature is the Appalachian Trail, all 40 miles of which are in Maryland being inside this park.
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Map of trails in South Mountain State Park
Park information
Mailing address
South Mountain State Park
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Contact
301-791-4767
Top trails (18)
#1 - Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
The Annapolis Rock is a popular trail with amazing outlooks. You can see Greenbrier Lake and Black Rock Cliff. There is a campground with a caretaker that can provide information to hikers. The rock iShow more
#2 - Weverton Cliffs
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 59 m
This trail is all switchbacks and sometimes a little steep. Make sure to bring water and a little snack to enjoy at the top while you sit back and enjoy the view. Going back is easier as it’s pretty mShow more
#3 - 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
#4 - High Rock and Raven Rock via Appalachian Trail
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
Nice hike to two beautiful views. Quick climb at the beginning, then a nice walk along the ridge ending at High Rock. The hike on on the Appalachian Trail the entire time. Start at the trail head on Show more
#5 - Monument Knob via Appalachian Trail
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
Monument Knob via Appalachian Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boonsboro, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#6 - Appalachian Trail: I-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 eleShow more
#7 - 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 WShow more
#8 - 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
Appalachian Trail: Weverton Heights to Ed Garvey Shelter is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Knoxville, Maryland that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderShow more
#9 - 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 sShow more
#10 - Black Rock via the Appalachian Trail
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
Black Rock via the Appalachian Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Myersville, Maryland that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail iShow more
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