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Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail

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South Mountain State Park

Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boonsboro, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 816 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Rock climbing Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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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 is also a popular spot for rock climbers. Be careful not to park in unofficial parking areas, police are known to leave tickets on hikers' cars.

Check out Black Rock Cliffs if you'd prefer to have a less crowded but similar hike.

Parking is found off Baltimore National Pike.

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Renee Dewitt
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Beautiful hike but I wouldn’t consider it moderate. This was uphill hiking with steep incline. Path was great, but it is a workout. Very popular trail, met many people along the way. Traffic became consistent around 10:00 am.

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Shadae Paul
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Clara Osowski
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Erin & Adam Nickel
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Many stairs

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Emily Comerford
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C D
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Allicia Coronado
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Bodhi Amarasekera
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Joe Endley
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Garth Hoff
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great day hike

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Valerie Walker-Clark
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Wet but great. Trees just starting to turn

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belle Mejorada
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nice view

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Prince Poku
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Joy Zhao
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Christine Rose
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Douglas Kochanski
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Anna Gebhardt
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Great trail! Perfect out and back. Be careful not to park anywhere with no parking signs, even if there’s 50+ cars parked illegally. They give out tickets! Best views and hike in the area!

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Logan Clifton
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Raymond Almsteadt
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Trails were tough. Very rocky and hilly.

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Johnson Cerda
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Great trail

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Millie Bardales
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Gwen Robinson
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Jessica M
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Strenuous hike upward, but with a fantastic view as payoff! The vertical climb starts fairly quickly on the trail, with the climb being in rugged stepped form. You climb about 700 feet within the first mile. After that it starts to be less difficult of a hike. The trail was in great shape however watch out for loose rocks on the hike down, for some reason the rocky parts are more difficult going down than up. We did see a copperhead in the middle of the trail near the branch off for going to Annapolis Rocks, so watch where you plant your shoes! Sturdy shoes/hiking boots are a must for this hike. Currently pretty wildflowers and ferns line the trail. In a few short weeks the foliage should start turning so I imagine the view will be even greater! We began our hike at 11 am on a Friday, the lot was pretty empty, but by the afternoon return trip there were a lot of people on the trails and the lot was full when we left. Probably packed on weekends.

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Amber Vore
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Koby McMahon
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Awesome

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Alexandria Fellows
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Beautiful walk

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Shelby Fredrickson
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An ideal trail for all levels of experience- a little uphill challenge at the beginning and then the trial gently flattens out and you get a nice peaceful walk to the overlook.

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Martha Fritz
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Matt Hamilton
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